A Message from the Carpenter

A Message from the Carpenter

There is a message,
life’s sweet note,
from hands of a carpenter
in wood he wrote.

There is a reminder,
a story’s fine line,
from a heart of a carpenter
delivered to mine.

There is inspiration,
a poet’s pure spirit,
from a soul of a carpenter;
my soul can hear it.

Come what may
as four winds blow,
as four seasons pass
this you must know.

Give time for silence.
Make time for prayer.
Release your burdens.
He will meet you there.

Stop, pause, rethink,
recall what is true;
reflect on this bench
as your spirit renews.

There is a message,
life’s sweet note,
from hands of a carpenter
in wood he wrote.

A simple reminder,
a subtle inspiration,
his wooden bench,
my daddy’s creation.

From a soul of a carpenter,
a poet’s pure spirit,
indeed,  inspiration—
my soul can hear it.

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My daddy, who died in 1999, was a carpenter. Often in his free time, he was found creating something new in his workshop. I have many of his wooden creations, including benches with small tables. There is one favorite bench near the corner of my front porch, positioned in the front yard at the edge of our river birch tree which allows enjoyment of sunshine and shade. My front yard area, seasonally, is draped in beautiful flowers where butterflies, dragonflies, and bees mingle in this lovely sanctuary. It’s one of my favorite thinking, praying, reading and writing places. My “Daddy poems” stir memories which remind me to search for the good as he lived that reminder. This memory poem was probably written about 7 years after his death. He fought cancer for 19 months. What an inspiration he was and continues now as the memories remain precious.

 

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