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Dad's Toolbench

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Dad's Toolbench

In the garage there stands a bench
With many kinds of tools
He organized them tirelessly 
For many hours at a time
He had a place for everything
A slot, a circle cut, a drawer
The wood on top had many cuts 
From battles and other wars
He kept the bench impeccable
Knew every place his tools should go
Designed his own space and his rules
If you take, you must replace,
It goes where it belongs
In better condition than you got,
These were the words he told


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  1. Date: 3/29/2013 5:09:00 PM
    how interesting. I just read what you said to me when I commented on this one before. Your dad had dementia and died ten years ago. My stepdad had it too and died about 8 years ago! he also loved his tools and working outside. Congrats on the win. For me this one is one of the best entries.

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 10:20:00 PM
    Jenifer, I'm stopping by to say hi, and wish you an early Happy Easter, just in case I don't have time to stop by in the next few days. take care and have yourself a good one~ Always & Forever *LINDA"

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 3:51:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Jennifer xx

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 8:23:00 PM
    Of all the Bench poems..this was one I would never have thought of. Clever!Congrats. BG

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 5:32:00 PM
    Congrats Jennifer....Donna

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 5:07:00 PM
    He also had a teaching tool tucked away on that bench. congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/27/2013 1:43:00 PM
    Jennifer great write of your dad. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 7:54:00 PM
    And I thought I was the only one that did that lol. Us men love our tools lol. Good luck in the contest Jennifer. Thank you for looking in on mine. Take care, Regards Richard

  1. Date: 3/20/2013 12:54:00 PM
    Hello Jenifer, your poem is perfect and worth a thousand images. Your dad seems well organized and holds everything near his precious mind and heart with the comfort only he knows of, in a mans place for every occasion. A man and his tool box means more than well ever know.... your poem was amazing and in way, holds great sentimental value to know such a man. always~ LINDA

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    Date: 3/20/2013 8:58:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jenifer, that is a good and lovely idea... a hear warming feeling,,, thank you for sharing...
    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 3/20/2013 1:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much Linda. He was such a great mind. Ten years gone this year and still my heart mourns. My brother read and wants me to laminate over his tool bench. I think I will.
  1. Date: 3/19/2013 11:36:00 PM
    jennifer, this is very nice and nostalgic. it leaves me wanting to know more about him!!

    Oliver Avatar Jennifer Marie Oliver
    Date: 3/20/2013 1:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Andrea, I'm sure I will write more of him, still after losing him almost ten years ago it is so raw yet. His death was painful for all. He suffered with a rare dementia and it was difficult to say the least.