Posted by: Ron DuBour | August 6, 2016

Whittlings~by Paul F. Lenzi




rustic Chess-Set jim arnold

Rustic Chess Pieces by Jim Arnold

sturdy history
decades of callus
domestic of toil
humid stains
from the hearth

willow broomstick
medium rustic
giving itself to
homely conversion

repurposed by
mind of a hand
small with blades
sharply turned to
the cut and the carve

slender totem
in yield of two
sixteen-piece segments
crude chessmen
uniquely envisioned

a primitive art
seizing function
and form with an
ingenious dream by
a boy with a knife


  1. thank you for sharing my poem with your readers

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