axeman: stacking

even the raggle-taggle unloading
in the boggy
soggy
wet
of the backyard
last year
was orderly

the first rounds
sank

an inch

more

into the soft

then
round on top of round
built
higgledy-piggledy order
up
and out

until
there was a mountain
packaged up

now
this job
is about un-packing

round after round
down
onto form ground

to chop
to dry off

a new mound
post-splitting
of cut wood

cord-wood

until it is too high
too close
to the block

until
he cannot cut more

until
with reluctance
he focuses
on stacking

into the corral
built from freight crating

a floor
to keep the cut wood
off the ground

sides
to keep the stack upright

to provide
firm boundaries

barrow after barrow
from the surrounds
of the chopping block

the few short paces
to the corral

then stack

straight lines
angled backwards
so that any slippage
will be into the frame

this
is the less enjoyable task
but
it must be done

straight
dry
stacked
rows

and then

back
to the block

to cut some more


© Frank Prem, 2017

October 2017 Poem #19: tba

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