Wood Would be Good – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“A craftsman knows in advance what the finished result will be, while the artist knows only what it will be when he has finished.” WH Auden. (I would say person and they as replacements)

Wood Would Be Good

The tree would wood if it could,
but it needs to be downed to the ground,
it's cellular ready and now well you are able,
its rigor mortis now mortised and cased,
after the lop with a chisel and chop
by that circular saw in line perpendicular,
no cringe for the perfect fit hinge,
all excited, so tidy and mitred,
the fumes from the stain filling my brain
as I hang, hammer, bang to the wall.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under Free Verse, Humour, poem, quote

18 responses to “Wood Would be Good – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. I think this is a fun one. But maybe you are saying something I am missing. You are usually pretty serious.

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  2. Native Americans used to thank the spirits of the animals they hunted for sustaining them. This poem seems to be filled with respect for the tree that gave its life for furniture. Very touching poem and an uplifting attitude toward the natural world. Take care, Paul! 🙂

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    • Spot on Cheryl, it is exactly so, thank you for getting it 🙂 I have read about the indigenous American way of thanking the creatures and plants they needed, amazing, in some ways our indigenous here have something like that .many thanks indeed.

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  3. Loved this poem. I was lucky enough to do a woodworking course with my family recently & with the help of our teacher we made a stool (one leg each), it was amazing to see the legs take shape from the tree and gave us a whole new level of respect for craftsmanship.

    I’m in the middle of a book called Materials by Nick Kary which discusses the relationship between craftsman and their materials, it seems to me to be a spiritual one.

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    • I love that you and family together took a woodwork course, wonderful. That book sounds like one I’d enjoy, but yes, I get that, I think all forms of creativity are spiritual (in the broadest sense of the word) Thank you so much for sharing this.


  4. You got me thinking, Paul

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  5. I just shared your poem with an “unplugged” woodworker whose blog I follow.

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  6. lync56

    Love the play with words


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