"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #74: Wood Screams In The Dark

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Wood Screams In The Dark

….now if i could only think with a memory,
i might be able to re-member just who I am,
the words though there come slower to my mind,
and so i argue with my-self that who i see is not me

—-or is it—-

….that i was born to work the wood but now i feel alone,
much of my time is spent trying to stay one step ahead,
in this more darker be-ing that pursues me now in time,
my-dis-ease of hepatic encephalopathy bids me comatose

-or is it—-

….my state of dreaming and soon i shall awake from sleep,
only to find that my hands are stable and working in action,
time was when i chose my way before the beauty of wood,
soon i will await word that a transplant to translate is ready

—-or is it—-

….more and better to just give thanks with a liver of love,
why sweat the small stuff when each of my days bears fruit,
i am bigger then this dis-eased liver dragon which i can slay,
so i go deep with-in and gather metallum for a worthy sword

—-’just is’—-

….shall yet bear me up on eagle wings where time is beginning,
my days will yet turn ahead to more of the blessings of ‘wood art’,
just as now on clear days I can see into the holes of forest calling,
what ‘just is’ can never be taken back and so my soul of wood dwells


—-by flp


Thank you.

[email protected]

’’ smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘

-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 06-20-2010 07:32 AM

Frank – here’s to wishing you well until a new liver can return you to the wood art and to the world where you can once again share things with us…

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 06-20-2010 02:41 PM

Our prayers are with you Frank. God Bless.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-20-2010 07:37 PM

Frank, My Dear Friend,

My prayers continue for you and your family. Even though your battle continues, your spirit has not dwindled and you give your precious time to inspire us with your words.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-21-2010 07:56 AM

Frank, I have many beliefs of spirit and I wish them all upon your working your wood and walking your woods and bleassing us us with your words…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 06-22-2010 09:32 PM

I have never stopped praying my Friend. I pray that you beat this terrible disease and are able to continue with us. May all our prayers be answered, in His name, Amen. Love, mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 06-22-2010 09:52 PM

Praying for your recovery. Hang in there Frank.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 07:13 AM

Great Thanks; all who replied with a comment and also those whom just read!

I’m not leaving the world of ‘wood art’ and workin’ words just yet, it’s just I’m much slower now-days. So if I’m not as fast on the reply….just remember it’s much like I tell folks, ’’I only have one speed at the moment and that is SLOW.

This slowness that is seen on my out-side, still can’t keep me down yet….I can still work in my shop, out in the woods and around the farm here, it’s just that I’m slow. But as I tell my wife I’m still moving ahead ‘steady’. Actually my doctors are quite amazed at me, since they are not used to having a person with liver disease at my stage, still being able to function. Maybe it’s just that I won’t give up, and I still make my-self get out of bed around 5:30 am every day….Mon. – Fri., while normally not stopping till 5:00—7:00 in the evening. Weekends….?—-well that’s when it’s into my kayak and off I go.

Many things wrong with me now (and I’m not going to mention them here), but if you want to converse you can all-ways email me at; ( rusticwoodman at )-( no spammers please ). Like I said, many things wrong with me now and the list just keeps growing, I never knew how much the biggest organ in our bodies (the liver) rules our bodies….physical—mind—emotions….if you could look inside me on my ‘dark days’, one might be shocked. How can I explain a ‘dark day’, often-times I will be working or even in public when out of the blue….I will just start crying and this is about as much in depth as I’m going here.

Now lets serve up some good news; every morning I awaken and give thanks for an-other beauti-full and blessed day. I even give thanks that I have liver disease and that I’m slow….’giving thanks’ has much power in it, I’m not concerned about the wanting to make much money any-more—-just that our needs will be met, my wonder-full wife and I keep, and believe in ‘keeping short accounts’ with each other, so after breakfast together we are sure that there is peace between us, my days are filled with being satisfied for all that I have and has more to do with family, friends and folks I just meet in my daily rounds….and I try my best to meet all things with a smile. I am slowly learning that where I once enjoyed debate, I try and keep my opinions to my-self and I don’t have the time or feel the need to win those debates any-more….these things I now try to see as just ‘fluff & ticks’. When-ever my life is over….the only thing I take with me is ’what have I done with my life’ and ’how have I treated those who crossed my path’.

I have all-ways tried to find the positive side in every situation that life brings me, so with my liver disease….one of the reasons I give thanks is that this great blessing that has come my way, has be-come a tool that has finally slowed me down so that I can now ‘in-joy’ life. Talking again about being slow I will leave you with this; ”slow and steady wins the race”.


In closing I will take with thank-full-ness any and all of your prayers. I will be evaluated soon for a liver transplant and I am believing that my transplant will come in time and that my years shall yet come forth as many more.

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 10:50 PM

Frank ( the tortoise),

Thanks for taking the time to share with us. Your attitude is inspirational. I think we can all afford to slow down and take account of what is important, letting things pass which are not worth arguing about and having the wisdom to know what those are.

I’m glad you’re still able to continue your work. Thanks for what you do and what you continue to do and share with us here on LJ.

Slow wins the day, mate.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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