10 second love story: “Stick figure you”

I needed you

to be perfect

being my very

last chance

so I stood at

the workbench

goggled and gloved

and crafted you

from leftover lumber

and half-bent nails

piled in the corner

that I’d used

and given up upon

in the failed

creation of love

jigsaw and mallet

nicked knuckles

and pounded thumb

I measured twice

and cut once and with

paint covering spackle

these rebuilt remains

of loves lost

slowly became my

perfectly imperfect

stick figure you

copyright 2013 Steven Harz

please check out my book of poetry and short fiction titled “Songs you can’t dance to”

Published by Steven Harz

Steven Harz was the 2013 winner of the international People's Poetry Contest and is a three-time winner of The Iron Writer Challenge. Steve still writes poetry, but now it rhymes and is put to music - either acoustic with a Martin or electric with a Gretsch. Songwriting influences are: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Blze Foley, Jessi Alexander, Tyler Childers, Lori McKenna, Gabe Lee, Luz, Cleto Cordero, Jason Isbell, and of course, Willie and Dolly! Music is available on all streaming platforms - please check it out!

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