Daleen Enslinstrydom

(25-02-1967 / Springs, South Africa)

My dad made it


Today I want to brag
like the children on the playground
and tell each and everyone
that my dad can do anything
and there are things
that he can do best
and my dad is a carpenter.

When you look at his hands
you will notice
his working time
engraved into them
and calluses show
the endless hours
as does the marks and cuts
and his fingernails tell their own story

and sometimes his hands reminds you
of the sandpaper that he works with
and I do remember him
from my childhood days
with his working belt around his waist
and his back bended
and his eyes focussed
on the work-piece in his hands

and in my mind
I cans still hear the cry of the electric saw
as it did cut through
numberless pieces of wood
and dust and sweat mingled on his face
and how I did laugh
when he took off his glasses
and his face was so dirty

and every day he took God’s own masterpieces
and recreated mahogany and pine
and wood from the butter-spoon tree
and yellowwood and Rhodesian teak
and made showpieces
that is fit for a king

and with great craftsmanship
he turned knobs and legs
for tables and chairs
and today I stand back
and look at one of his pieces
and I am so proud
to know that my dad made it.

Submitted: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Listen to this poem:

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (My dad made it by Daleen Enslinstrydom )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Herrick

Here we are all, by day; by night we're hurl'd
By dreams, each one into a several world.... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]