my father is re-fixing his kitchen chairs
adding a second layer of foam
underneath the straps
that the furniture guy put in already

he has re-laid the new pavers
and re-aligned
a recently added patio fence

he is re-upholstering
the re-upholstered

it’s not
he says
that he is too fussy
it’s just that these workmen
get it so wrong
as if
they don’t take a pride in their work
or perhaps
they can’t conceptualise
the consequences
or the aesthetics

it seems as though
they only get shown
how to be half of a tradie
then get turned loose
before they finish their apprenticeship

it wasn’t good enough
when he was working for a living
and it isn’t good enough

seems like
a man has to spend his retirement
re-furnishing other peoples’ work

there could be
a new business opportunity
the world

© Frank Prem, 2010


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