Tool Series: 2. The Hammer


A hammer’s not a thing of glamor
until you feel its weight

but when you grip an Estwing’s shank
and swing it up to bring it down
to drive a nail into a plank
you recognize its simple grace:
its elegant utility as whammer

And if your nail’s a driven flaw
you always have its graceful claw’s
relieving adjunct to your
curse and stammer

Jim Culleny