"Tools" picture shows a wall of various tools, mainly for woodworking.


My dad had no use for grammar,
Never helped me with my school;
His skill was with his hammer,
And words became my tool.

My mom would use a wooden spoon,
When baking cakes or cookies,
And sometimes when we misbehaved,
She'd use it on our tushies.

My cat can use her claws,
To open cabinets like a crowbar, 
But now they have locks on them,
And she can't get in…so far.

Exercise can be a tool,
For helping with depression,  
For losing weight, feeling good, 
And lessening aggression.

To help you memorize,
Use a mnemonic word device,
Like strings on a viola:
Cats Give Dogs Advice.

Artists use their paintbrushes,
Charcoal, pens or pencils;
Some animals can take a stick,
And use as a utensil.

Tools come any shape or size,
To cook or build or sew–
Even to manipulate the mind,
Did I use one? You'll never know!

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

This poem was written in response to Sadje’s What do you see # 154. Please visit her page to participate and/or read other people’s responses.

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Published by Brandon Ellrich

I live in Central Missouri and enjoy reading, writing, playing tennis, watching movies, and exploring creative outlets. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and I love to take my readers inside the minds of my characters.

13 thoughts on “Tools

  1. That 2nd stanza made me chuckle! I like the abab rhyme scheme. And yes, you used a tool: your words, sneaky poet!, to “manipulate” me in telling you “Brandon, you’re a wonderful wordsmith and I’m grateful for your friendship.”

    Well done, Mr. Poet! 💜

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