Afternoons work

Afternoons work


I like the business of working

With a hand tool that weighs

And feels right to the touch

The heft of a hammer or an axe

A wood handle and sharp edge

That balance in the hands grip

With the job of the day ahead

I hear the buzz of a chain saw

But I prefer the slow rhythm

Of what I can do over hours

That stretch through days’ time

I listen to the buzzard mew

Overhead and the jack ravens

Call of warning as I tread out

Into the orchards quietness

It’s a place I can feel the strain

And the connectedness again

Of mind and body and soul.



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