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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

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 1/15/2014 9:27:00 PM
Adam, :) Congrats, with your 'WITH THESE HANDS' winning poem. Have a nice night ~SKAT~
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/16/2014 7:54:00 AM
Thanks SKAT :)
Date: 1/4/2014 6:43:00 AM
Way to go...Sara
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/4/2014 8:16:00 AM
Thanks Sara :)
Date: 1/3/2014 11:08:00 PM
Happy 2014, Adam, congratulations, in Nette's WITH THESE HANDS contest... LINDA
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/4/2014 8:15:00 AM
Thanks Linda. It is a nice way to start the year.
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
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/3/2014 9:02:00 PM
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 :)
Date: 1/2/2014 9:45:00 PM
wowowow, magnificent writing. I can see how it got top place. BIG congrats for your win.
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/3/2014 7:32:00 AM
Wow, thanks Andrea I appreciate it :)
Date: 1/2/2014 4:14:00 PM
Nice form. Inspiring story. Congrats, Adam!
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/2/2014 8:01:00 PM
Thank you Juliet.
Date: 1/2/2014 9:54:00 AM
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ..=)
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/2/2014 10:32:00 AM
Thank you Aiyah and congrats to you as well.
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 :))))
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/2/2014 7:52:00 AM
Thank you Anne-Lise. I'm happy you enjoyed.
Date: 1/2/2014 12:43:00 AM
Beautiful! Congrats.
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/2/2014 7:52:00 AM
Thank you Richard. It is an honor to be placed 1st :)
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
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/2/2014 7:51:00 AM
You're welcome Dr. Ram. Glad you enjoyed.
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 :)
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 1/2/2014 7:48:00 AM
Thank you Karen :)
Date: 12/29/2013 5:53:00 PM
thanks, adam.. SOUP MAIL, urgent..:)
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 12/29/2013 6:16:00 PM
:D thank you Nette
Date: 12/27/2013 9:33:00 PM
The nostalgia in this is palpable...A wonderful work.
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 12/28/2013 7:38:00 AM
Thank you James.
Date: 12/14/2013 6:48:00 PM
I was mesmerized the whole way thru...beautiful
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Adam Hapworth
Date: 12/14/2013 10:45:00 PM
Thanks Donna :)