extra wood and nails

he built his house
from the ground up,
and he built it well;
then he built a shed
in the back yard,

and he built that well, too;

from each, he saved
every leftover scrap
of wood and every extra nail:

the wood, he stacked neatly
in the shed, and when
the shed was full,
outside it, in the yard;

the shed had boxes and buckets
of extra nails in it:

one day, he would build
something else;

but his house was very comfortable,

and so now the wood and the nails
just wait.

May 30, 2009, for Grampa's 109th birthday.

Copyright © 2009, Ricky A. Pursley. All rights reserved.

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