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The Whittler

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The Whittler

Upon his grandfather's rocking chair 
on the porch in the cool crisp air
sits a man with a special gift.
For he can see the soul of a tree
within a piece of wood upon his knee.

His pile of cedar gives off a sweet smell.
He picks through the pieces, eyes closed,
his touch feels what is enclosed.
As if he were to reach within the wood 
by pulling  it apart  from its protective bark 
and removing what’s inside from the dark.
The Whittler will release this soul from its cage!

Each meticulous movement of the knife in hand
is meant to bring out something so grand.
After hours of work, fingers cramping into knots
the soul held within in this piece arose
to be a magnificent fully blossomed rose.

Beautiful just like the ones his gram 
planted beneath her father's old cedar tree, by hand.


Adam Hapworth, With These Hands, 12/13/2013, Image #3

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  1. Date: 1/15/2014 9:27:00 PM
    Adam, :) Congrats, with your 'WITH THESE HANDS' winning poem. Have a nice night ~SKAT~

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/16/2014 7:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks SKAT :)
  1. Date: 1/4/2014 8:43:00 AM
    Congrats Adam. Very well written poem. G.

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/4/2014 8:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Giorgio.
  1. Date: 1/4/2014 6:43:00 AM
    Way to go...Sara

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/4/2014 8:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara :)
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 11:08:00 PM
    Happy 2014, Adam, congratulations, in Nette's WITH THESE HANDS contest... LINDA

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/4/2014 8:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Linda. It is a nice way to start the year.
  1. Date: 1/3/2014 3:35:00 PM
    intricate,deep piece.. what great insight you have, ada.. cheers to you for a win in my contest!.. huggs

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/3/2014 9:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much Nette. I am very honored to have placed 1st with so many other great poems. I'm really glad everyone has liked it as well :)
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 9:45:00 PM
    wowowow, magnificent writing. I can see how it got top place. BIG congrats for your win.

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/3/2014 7:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Wow, thanks Andrea I appreciate it :)
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 4:14:00 PM
    Nice form. Inspiring story. Congrats, Adam!

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 8:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Juliet.
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 1:10:00 PM
    Adam---Getting snow up there!! This poems is awesome, Nette chose this well, it seems like you have whittled! Kudos!

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 1:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Just a couple of inches, maybe 6-8 total. You? I have never Whittled in my life :) . It just started flowing out one day. (at work ;) ) Like all the stuff I write, it just spills out and what you see is what came out with very little editing or rethinking. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 9:54:00 AM
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ..=)

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 10:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Aiyah and congrats to you as well.
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 1:54:00 AM
    Contest: WITH THESE HANDS / / Sponsored by: Nette Onclaud is retreated!! - CONGRATULATIONS WITH YOUR YOUR BEAUTIFUL WINNING POEM, ADAM - oxox / / Anne-Lise :))))

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Anne-Lise. I'm happy you enjoyed.
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 12:43:00 AM
    Beautiful! Congrats.

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 7:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Richard. It is an honor to be placed 1st :)
  1. Date: 1/2/2014 12:25:00 AM
    Thanks for sharing this fine poem on "With these hands" and congrats on a fine win, Adam

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 7:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You're welcome Dr. Ram. Glad you enjoyed.
  1. Date: 1/1/2014 10:08:00 PM
    Beautiful story, favorite line "For he can see the soul of a tree" . Congrats on the well deserved win :)

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 1/2/2014 7:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Karen :)
  1. Date: 12/29/2013 5:53:00 PM
    thanks, adam.. SOUP MAIL, urgent..:)

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 12/29/2013 6:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :D thank you Nette
  1. Date: 12/27/2013 9:33:00 PM
    The nostalgia in this is palpable...A wonderful work.

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 12/28/2013 7:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you James.
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 10:56:00 PM
    Having been a whittler and wood carver for many a year I can certainly relate to your write as you paint a picture in my mind with the flow of your pen in a talented hand.

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 12/15/2013 7:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    WOW, Thank you very much Donald.
  1. Date: 12/14/2013 6:48:00 PM
    I was mesmerized the whole way thru...beautiful

    Hapworth Avatar Adam Hapworth
    Date: 12/14/2013 10:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Donna :)