A DIY Lament

A DIY Lament

A DIY Lament


To learn carpentry

from a 1950’s text

picked up at a garage sale

still need more practice

when sawing in a straight line

or hammering in a nail.


I start with a birdhouse

which turns out a little odd

the front appears to be back

the back seems slanted

to question where the bird sits

what creature would find this a home?


Pound nail after nail

carpenter and fingernail

some bend some remain crooked

how you hold hammer

apparently makes the difference.

Is this a trick I can learn?


Some seem to measure

with ease and grace, perfection,

ability to create

always perfect fit,

though I keep the measure straight,

always unwanted inch.




To build residence

in a calm safe neighborhood

where my children simply play

in peace and in calm

everyone with their own space

dignity and privacy.


Practice everyday

a little homegrown carpentry

with practice maybe one day

I can build our home

hopefully with straight angles

a strong supportive structure.


For now I’m patient

though my thumb is black and blue

and I consider wood glue

worry about saw

anyone can DIY

with tools and a will to try.


To build with old tools

that look like the ones they use

on Videos on Youtube

never quite same

found I might need small mint

to buy appropriate things.




…And yes to my friends

bathroom remodel remains

even after instruction

purchase of the tile

for now my shower just sits

dreams of Michelangelo.


The story of shelves

built to hold our sporting gear

but maybe not weight ball

collected barbells

and now there’s a hole in the wall

not covered or small.


I admit I am

not the one to ask for help

fix broken board on your porch

patch up old fence

I only promise abstract

design not necessity.


May I suggest book

a well made tutorial

the will and drive to give all

but let’s not forget

power of talent and skill

or products of those lacking.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

6 thoughts on “A DIY Lament

  • June 15, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    Home projects are never easy unless one is a real carpenter. I have a project coming up to add more shelves in our pantry and not looking forward to it. Fortunately I learned carpentry from my Dad, it is just the physical strength and energy I need to work on. I admire your determination to work on your home, Jamie. Great verses and well-penned.

    Tip: Watch ‘This Old House’ and ‘New Yankee Workshop’ with Norm Abrams on PBS.

  • June 17, 2020 at 10:14 PM

    What happened to your Facebook page ? I read your message and NEVER would think that you were in any way connected to something as mentioned – I saw a post from someone I don’t know and it was wrong. Text me so we can continue this

  • June 24, 2020 at 1:50 AM

    Good work with this, Jamie. I can relate to your home carpentry skills. Practice makes perfect they say but I really think it is a lot to do with having the right tools. I have been hanging hessian as a ceiling liner in the shed and I am so glad I purchased a staple gun. It would have been a big job without it.

  • September 16, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Great One ! I’m just one of the “lucky “guys that grew up working in the trades !
    I do however have flat thumbs Jamie !


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