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The Carpenter

written by: Paula Puolakka


Who is the most famous carpenter
(and a carpenter’s son)
in the history of man?
His birth is the reason why we are celebrating

In his hometown, he was unable to do miracles
since he was not seen as a prophet:
the king was looked down upon
because of his family history
and his past as a local boy.
Yet, he healed the sick
and tried to teach the people to understand
the ways of G-d.

In my family, there have been many good men
who have worked to make the pieces of wood come alive.
There is a difference if you are working with mahogany,
or cedar:
you have to know the essence of the materials
to choose the right one
to get the best outcome.
It’s the same thing with different individuals:
you have to sense the unique G-d-given energy
in everyone
to remove what is not necessary
to light up their full potential.

The king had this special skill
to work with people
because of his past
as a carpenter
(and a carpenter’s son)
in Nazareth.
His birthday, Christmas,
should be the day when we cherish the unique
skills and essence of each and every one.

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas) who has won writing contests and challenges held in the USA, Israel, South Africa, and Finland. Also, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation, for example, gave her an honorable mention in 2019. Her interview that was published through SoFloPoJo in October 2019 and included, for example, her views over the thoughts of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein, Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski, and over the different forms of violence in society, had to be, unfortunately, withdrawn since the editors went and censored the interview after the publication without her permission. Puolakka's uncensored interview can be found through Re:fiction. Between April 2019 and July 2020, Puolakka was 27 x the winner of the poetry challenge held by Poetry Potion. Her latest literary experiments can be found through Carrot Ranch and Nine Muses Poetry. The newspapers Kaleva and Savon Sanomat have supported Puolakka’s opinions. The radio station Dei has also shared Puolakka's good vibes on 6/15/20, 1/23/20 & 09/23/19.
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