The Carpenter, poetry written by Paula Puolakka at Spillwords.com
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The Carpenter

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
Christmas.

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,
spruce,
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, for example, in the USA, Israel, and Finland. The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention in 2019 for her essay concerning invisible warfare, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski and Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein. Puolakka's interview concerning some of the same topics can be found through Re:fiction. The Burgundy Zine (USA) celebrated her articles concerning science, pseudoscience, Mr. Kaczynski, Mr. Wittgenstein, and education in Sept 2020 and March 2020. Puolakka has been the winner of the poetry challenge held by Poetry Potion over 30 times. Recently, the newspapers Kirkkonummen Sanomat and Kaleva have supported Puolakka’s opinions concerning the way how many journalists are using their status to soil the minds of their readers with biased ideological propaganda and how people have abandoned true knowledge and wisdom. Puolakka has also been guiding youngsters (lost in the material world.)
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