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Blog entry by patron posted 616 days ago 1165 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

went to the PO yesterday
and found a package
a book from my LJ buddy and friend
David Craig

in some of my posts and comments
some say my writing style is poetic

thanks for that

when i was homeless early on
i washed dishes
and dug ditches

and when in new york at 15 and later at 17
i was interested in poetry
so poet is my first calling
(i’m a professional dishwasher in greasy spoons
doesn’t have the same ring to it)

david and i have been PMing for a bit now
and his mind opening thoughts
are always good to ponder
as they deal with who and what we are
not just as woodworkers
but as people as well

THANK YOU DAVID
some of these poets i know of
but many i do not
and have been reading and thinking
about the various different views
of what we call human
and how life effects us all
in different ways

the sharing of ourselves
is to me the best of our strengths
and i believe we can change the world thru it
———
i met my grandmother one dark night
hungry and cold
looking for what was left of her life
she is navajo
shuffling along in a thin shawl

i gave her twenty dollars
and asked her to please get some food
knowing she would drink in memory
of her children and the prayers she has for them

she blessed me that night
and i still think of her
and wonder if her children do

thank you for my life
i will find you someday again
and we will go by the river
and sit in the sun

and laugh together

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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jack1

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#1 posted 616 days ago

Inspiring and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing this my friend.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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patron

12956 posts in 1939 days


#2 posted 616 days ago

thank you jack

i have not forgotten
your hospitality

and that little hammer you gave me
has become my ‘go to’ one
for my work in the shop
it lightly convinces my projects to co-operate together

and doesn’t try and force them to do it’s will

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 616 days ago

Very good food for thought…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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eddie

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#4 posted 616 days ago

thanks David , sharing is always good when it the sharing of one self and this post is a great example of it .Bill Moyer is a good man i think you will really enjoy it .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Dave

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#5 posted 616 days ago

We become a little wiser every time we read something. This gift will only make you a better person.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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patron

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#6 posted 616 days ago

joe – william was telling us
on another blog
how much cellulose (sawdust ?)
is used in our foods
supposed to be good for us

i have been reading the book
in bits and pieces eddie
no sense in downing it all at once
and missing most of it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bagtown

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#7 posted 616 days ago

Thanks for shaing David.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Dennisgrosen

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#8 posted 616 days ago

that was very generous of David :-)
enjoy a poetry a week
spend the time between
for after thoughts
that will keep you busy , not for a lifetime
but atleast the next few years
remembering will bring fun to the rest of your life

take care
Dennis

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patron

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#9 posted 616 days ago

thank you all

LOOK
how the ripples
reflect the light

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 616 days ago

What a thoughtful surprise for you David! I find that many of the people I have met through this site have become real true friends. Even though I have not met most of them, we have developed strong friendships and trust. I think that is the good side of the internet showing. You are also a great example of kindness and friendship. It is good to see that caring and friendships can occur this way. This was a great story to see! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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patron

12956 posts in 1939 days


#11 posted 616 days ago

in this fast paced
‘15 minuets of fame’
(or less)
there are still many good people
all with their own ways

when we share
those can become
portals to understanding
and experiencing many new things
that make us all better humans

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 616 days ago

David, you deserve this gift. I can justify that you are really have a good heart within. There are so many who existed in LJ but not so active as you are. Exemplary in a sense that you are simple and quick to respond. Keep it going. Extend my thanks to David Craig for his gift to you that symbolize the only one in LJ who is a poet. Enjoy reading poems.

All I can say, thank you too for being loyal to LJ. You are one of my inspiration in making projects.

-- Bert

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patron

12956 posts in 1939 days


#13 posted 616 days ago

thank you bert

david said there would be a book review due
in two days

i told him no problem
i have been writing all the right answers
on my palm
for the test

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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David Craig

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#14 posted 616 days ago

I am glad you are enjoying the book David. As far as thanks go, I really should be thanking you. The book was given for totally selfish reasons on my part. When we are moved by something, be it a poem, a song, the sound from a car engine, or grains on a board that we recognize as something special, there is that yearning to share. Some things are easier to do so, good fortune in finding a 20 dollar bill in your pocket the day before payday is something most of us can understand. Language and the love of it, not so much. It isn’t everybody’s thing. And there are some experiences that sharing with the wrong person is more disappointing than not being able to share at all. Take Martin’s boxes for example. Most of us here see his craftsmanship and artistry. Show a pic of one of them to one who is not into the craft, and all they see is a box.

Such is life sometimes. But it only makes you appreciate those with whom you can talk about those things inside of you and know that they understand.

So allow me to thank you David because I know that we will have some exchanges over this book. My tests are not difficult :) I just want to know what you read, what moved you, which poets you could feel that connection to. You have plenty of time, I am sure there will be a poem or two that crosses our inboxes from time to time.

I appreciated the poem you added to your post. Life is tough, the ground is hard. It makes it much easier to see reason when you watch someone plant those thorny seeds and sprout poetry.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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yrob

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#15 posted 616 days ago

You are talented in many ways David. Gifted poet and woodworker!

I Love poetry too. I did not start out this way. As a scientist I was always attracted to the deterministic and hard science books. A few years ago I started reading poetry in english. Having been raised in France, I never studied the american or british poets in school .

I just discovered Henry wadsworth Longfellow and I really love it.

Somehow, I find it very relaxing to sit in a comfortable armchair and read his poems from an old book edition I found on Ebay. He is the first poet I really connected with. I am having trouble appreciating the more contemporary poets. I guess describing everyday’s life and the world in which we live in prose does not carry enough mystique for me. I prefer the 18 and 19 century poets.

-- Yves

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