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Spring Cleaning
by john k zimmerman

Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Life and Art imitating each other...



It is wearying work—
picking up the loose tools
and scraps and stray parts
that clutter the shop.
I don’t do it often enough
and it shows. The tools
all have a place, if
something else hasn’t been hung there.
Tempered steel memories of
life’s changes and chances…
most of the cheapers have been dumped
but there are some expensive dead-ends
tools bought for experiments
that were tried and abandoned
The scraps are a problem, or,
rather, they pose one:
What is a scrap? What is an off-cut?
Metaphysics in the wood shop.
The odd parts are the worst:
projects started and never finished
time, material, effort wasted.
The whole process gives me
too much time to think---
to compare my cluttered mind
to my cluttered shop.
What is an off-cut, and
what, among
these memories can be,
should be discarded?
And these bits of unfinished business
schemes and dreams and relationships
that died aborning, or from
my neglect, what of them?
I pick up another arm load
and begin to sort
through the clutter
of my life:
It really is wearying work.
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Reviewed by c lea harris 6/6/2006
I hung this in my hubby's workshop,,I'll see how long it takes him to notice,,this fits him exactly,,,thanks for sharing,,clea
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 4/5/2006
Excellent, John! It always amazes and delights me how poets can take any subject and turn it into a wonderful read, and often a lesson! Well done!

Peace.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/4/2006
Those that go are good for backyard fires,
Those that stay are good for future inspires...Ed
Reviewed by Linda Luna (Reader) 4/4/2006
John,

Nice meander with you through your tool shed and mind. Interesting mix of metaphors. Ditto - Well done!

LL*
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/4/2006
An excellent write, John; sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do and get rid of all the junk holding us back; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/4/2006
Excellent write John!!

Love tinka
Reviewed by totally anonymous 4/4/2006
very good write.
Reviewed by Judith Bailey 4/4/2006
Wow, John, have been sorting through my cluttered rooms also. Something occurred to me upon reading your line, "It really is wearying work." --and that is, maybe we must first BEGIN our clutter-cleaning (garage or life) by exchanging the word/concept 'wearying' with 'joyful'...

Excellent thinking processes through this poem; it began with your writing, and is continuing through us, your readers. Thank you for this gift.



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