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Sharpening.


The rusty rasp


Calling back the gleaming edge.


Done, I stand and


Shuffle outside.

I heft the ax, and


Gaze out from the black porch.


Wafting up are the smells of


Greenness and wood and smoke.

I cradle the ax, and prepare


The wood goes on the


Block. Roughly, I swing and


Break handle-fibers.


Gently, and the log


Dents little. Using


Rhythm and aim, the wood


Dances to my tune.

Birch and beech, cherry and maple.


The ax is quick enough to split them.


My father tells me of their


Qualities as I hack ineptly.

I grow tired soon and


Drop on the ground to


Rest. My father takes my place;


He is smooth as a wave, and I feel


Like a novice.

During this, my father and I


Trade conversation. We talk,


Deeply, without distraction.


Not many talk like this.





When you’re busy and tired,


Little is worth attention.


When little is worth seeing,


You notice the important things.


My break is over, and I smile.






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The following comments are for "Leaning Into The Blows"
by Washer

simply Frosty
Washer~
I really liked this piece, finding that it reminds me of something a teenaged Robert Frost might have written. You do an excellent job of conveying the moment without having to spoon feed it to the reader. Splendid poem.

( Posted by: Bartleby [Member] On: May 12, 2003 )





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