Saturday, November 17, 2007


Nails. Roofing nails. Sheetrock nails.
With and without heads. With funny little grooves.
Short, long, featherweight, thunky.
I don't need any of these nails which live
in my basement. I have on my desk a small
compartmentalized plastic box of picture-hanging nails
which I purchased at Lowe's, which I use. Probably
enough in that box to last my lifetime. But the thousands
of nails in my basement sit in their rumpled paper bags
or their Folgers cans, doing nothing. I don't want them.
Today I brought my neighbor a glass punch cup
filled with many sizes of nails. She told me that she
needed one the other day, and had none. So now, she, too,
has a lifetime supply. I don't do garage sales. I don't
post on Craig's list. Do you want some nails?

3 comments:

  1. oh honey. craig's list can be your best friend when you have useful-to-others stuff.
    offer it up free and someone will fetch it in a jiffy. i had strangers come and haul away the entire rickety fence, others dig up and haul patio brick, a lovely generation something mega-tattooed woman come and meticulously remove every neatly piled scrap of sod left over from laying the yard. and even the leftovers from my big sheetrock redo were claimed by a woman wanting to redo the kitchen backsplash and the cut-ups were just fine thank you. you'd be surprised how satisying it can be without the added steps of riddence-good without hauling to the dump, and how happy you make the lucky to receive.
    you also meet interesting people in a moment of time that make for good lessons on the ways of the world, and find gratitude for what you have, and are.
    just sayin'...cz

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  2. mine was obviously not edited for grammar, now that i see it in daylight. sorry, dear LM (language mavin)...

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