Saturday, 9 October 2010

If I Had a Hammer - Inspired by Saturday Centus week 23

Inspired by Week 23 of Saturday Centus - use up to 100 words and the line - If I had a hammer...


If I had a hammer grasped tight in my trembling hands

I would knock in the nails that protrude from everyday life

so they didn't scrape and puncture things with searing holes

I would sand down edges, polish mirrors, clean surfaces . . .

spray scented water to eliminate the bad smells, so we could breathe

Lay down soft cushions on hard floors, so landings would always be soft

Blur the edges, so that sad things could be borne with ease

so that the business of living was smooth and safe to be around

So that hammers were not needed and all of the sharp things had gone.


(exactly 100 words excluding prompt.)

19 comments:

Deborah said...

A wonderful use of the hammer and the prompt, I loved this :o)

jfb57 said...

This is the best I have read this week! A brilliant poem that really puts the damage we do to our lives into context!

Sue said...

I like it!

=)

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

I could definitely use some of your hammering action around here. This is excellent. I really enjoyed it.
xoRobyn

Viki said...

I'm in love with this. If only it were so....

Tracy said...

How utterly fandabdosy I love the idea

My name is PJ. said...

I was soothed by reading this. Nice work!

Anna said...

Lovely poem! Hammer as a metaphor! Very nice!
Best wishes,
Anna
Anna's SC Week 23

Cheryl said...

Very calming. I imagine a world like this.

Terra said...

I relate to this in my soul. Just beautiful.

Ames said...

Smoothing out life. I love it! ~Ames
Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Judie said...

So very thoughtful, Susannah. It is beautiful.

Teresa said...

What a great poem! Lovely take on the prompt.

gautami tripathy said...

Beautifully put!

that hammer

Kat said...

What a beautiful take on the prompt. Lovely poem, what a wonderful thing to read first thing in the morning. Kat

nimaruichi said...

You'd hammer the hammer to oblivion. No rough edges, nice, very nice.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

You did something soft with a hammer - a wonderful take! Loved it.

cj Schlottman said...

i love the metaphor of softness emanating from something as brutal as a hammer. this post touched my heart and, yes, softened it.

thanks..........cj

Jenny said...

Oh man. This made me cry. I want this. I want all of these things. I want all the pain softened and all the edges eased.

This was lovely.

And spoke directly and completely to my soul.

Thank you.

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