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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 (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein and Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Puolakka landed first and second in various writing contests and challenges. She was also given honorable mentions. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski and Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by the science & university magazine Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition. Her story celebrated "Teddy." On April 15 and May 20, she was the guest editor of The Ekphrastic Review's "Throwback Thursday." On June 3, her interview was published by Penable. In late 2021 and 2022, Puolakka is the remote representative of the City of Oulu.
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