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by john k zimmerman
Tuesday, April 29, 2003

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back to the workshop --

~ 30 ~

It happened again
the rhythm of spinning
wood and the sweet
song of the well
sharpened gouge have
driven all thought of
time from me.

Turning is to woodcraft
as poetry is to writing.
It doesn’t pay the bills
like boxes, racks, or
“true confessions” – but
nothing in the shop
is more sensual,
more soul satisfying
than the interplay
of steel and wood
on the turning lathe.

So, once again
the sweet song of
well sharpened steel,
the rhythm of the lathe,
have wooed me away
from consideration
of things that pay.
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Reviewed by Aamie Burnley 4/29/2003
... awww, and i was anticipating the natural prelude to 'lust', but it is well for the soul to have its diversions
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 4/29/2003
I love the smell of fresh wood. Wonderful tool you are playing with!
Reviewed by Digital Fairy 4/29/2003
This was a great poem, my dad's a carpenter so it brought back some cool memories :)

Well done :)

Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 4/29/2003
This was great..I loved it, doing something that takes your mind off of life is so wonderful!

Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 4/29/2003
Isn't that the truth..... the bills always get paid somehow Playing is a good thing to do ;) Thanks-Teresa
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 4/29/2003
Happens to every man. [smiles] I really like this poem. Bravo.
Reviewed by Nancy D. 4/29/2003
Wow, your title threw me but this is a good one. Enjoyed it John.

Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 4/29/2003
Somehow bills get paid.. or not! (smile) But you, sir, have validated many of us by cleverly and wonderfully writing that which we all already know: 'life is short'.. enjoy it whatever way you can. This is absolutely charming. katy.
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 4/29/2003
John....excellent write!!!!
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