Tuesday, May 9, 2017

We're All Geared Up tribute to "all geared up," - a wood carving by Rudy Erdmann - by - Bob Atkinson

We're All Geared Up
tribute to "all geared up,"
a wood carving by Rudy Erdmann
©2017 Bob Atkinson

one needs specific tools if one
lives life here in our West
so much to do with energy
seasoned workmen shine their best

hard work requires boots with spurs
to ride an open range
protecting feet of cowpokes
as they play the doggy game

a simple use of leather hide
protects toes which wiggle quick
although walking in them's quite a chore
between rattlers and cactus sticks

leather becomes a useful tool
makes what we need for life
and sheath to hold our knife

belt to hold lead bullets
keeping projectiles easily within reach
because one's aim's not precise
we hit mostly tops of trees

leather for a saddle which
allows us control of beast
belt buckle to protect our jewels
while roping things to eat

someone to collect those bad guys
and hang them up on trees

seems documented fully
this life of western skies
as Rudy put to carving wood
a sweet vision for our eyes

took a block of growth to carve
Lodge Pine Burlwood, a woody blob
brought down here from Wyoming
where trees are used for logs

burlwood Rudy tells me
comes from wasps stinging trees
where trees protect their innards
as Oysters protect pearl seeds

this wood needs time to season
three years or longer then
when ready to carve with diligence
doesn't crack open like a hog's mud pen

Rudy sent to Germany
for stains to color wood
a place where skills developed for
carving clocks and other goods

Rudy attacked this project
with chisels and power tools
anything a master had
at hand to work his wood

carving alone took nine months
seasoning, painting, finishing took many more
but in the end we're thrilled to see
his piece of western lore

he's captured a bit of history
in complex form for museum trade
a carving meant to thrill our children's children
past when we're all in graves

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Learning and Eloquence - by - Bob Atkinson 2017

Learning and Eloquence
©Bob Atkinson 2017

seems expressive constitution
gladdens one who finds
learning an experience
to expand a simple mind

tracks through prior awareness
of scholars beyond our time
hastens depth of knowledge
into a wet and salty brine

a lake of prior study
giving meaning where life can
present a past collection
built up from simple hands

I don't see how we find this dull
don't fidget with delight
at those who see experience
edge out study through many nights

for knowledge carries weight of years
beyond our shortened time
claims we're greater than the whole
a quarter not a dime

but then not all of us
me included in this pack
can talk with elocution
when speaking to a group

so I must write my thoughts
here on paper made from trees
so you might find my experience
contains something for your needs