I Hold Things Up


Post and beam
.

As a carpenter I learned, before you can leverage things apart
you have to find purchase. You have to have a place where a pry-bar
can be slid in or driven with a hammer to separate.
Having done that, whether by violent or peaceful means,
when two factions have been split apart
they’re easier to manipulate.

These are also political techniques and considerations.
They apply to sweaty things as well.
They dictate the tone and conditions of our species’ life.
They reach into souls and wrench them.
Though pneumatic they are not ephemeral.
They’re as tough and  mean as muscle.

As a carpenter I also learned
If you set a post upon a solid pier
and brace it well it will never
tilt in glory

It’ll simply know,
I’m here to serve. I hold things up,
end of story.

by Jim Culleny
8/25/16