In His Shop
In his shop Daddy improvised
like a jazz musician.
Virtuoso of rivets, solder, screws, he
repaired hinges with leather,
lengthened a steering shaft
for the tractor-drawn binder,
braced wobbly chairs with welding rods,
reincarnated metal seats
into lawn furniture.
Lightning from his welder
like brain synapses
crackled creations into being.
whining file perfected
riffs of leather, metal, wood.
© 2002 V. Nesdoly Published at Utmost Christian Writers Poets Places. Also published in Calendar, 2004
Next Tuesday, January 14th, is Poetry At Work Day. In honor of that day, the poem I’m re-posting today is about the work my dad did. (I first published it here in 2011).
Want to celebrate Poetry At Work Day?
Check out this Poetry At Work Day Survival Kit
And from that article, 10 Great Poems About Work
This post is part of Poetry Friday, hosted today by Donna at Mainely Write.