Short Declamation Piece: Trades

I want to be a carpenter,

To work all day long in clean wood,
Shaving it into little this slivers
Which screw up into curls behind my plane;
Pounding square, black nails into white boards,
With the claws of my hammer glistening
Like the tongue of a snake.
I want to shingle a house,
Sitting on a ridgepole, in a bright breeze.
I want to put the shingles on neatly,
Taking great care that each is directly between two others.

I want my hands to have the tang of wood;
Spruce, cedar, cypress.
I want to draw a line on a board with a flat pencil,
And then saw along that line,
With the sweet-smelling sawdust piling up in a yellow heap at my feet.
That is the life I want to be!  Heigh-ho!
Sleet and shift for the slippery climb,
How they stop a fire, or tinker a tire – and pull into town on time.

The city takes, and it goes its way, and the great dark hulks reload,
While mechanics grease; and test, and check, to make them safe for the road;
Then the crates are stacked and the boxes packed and the padding placed – and then
The tailboards slam, and the trailers ram, and the great trucks roll again!

31 Responses to Short Declamation Piece: Trades

  1. cindy says:

    nice post…
    but i dont want a child style.

  2. lollipop says:

    it’s not a declamation!!!! its apoem!!! i think u don’t know what a declamation is

  3. asaness says:

    give me some video of this declamation!!!plzzzzz

  4. jexell says:

    ang hahaba naman nyan..parang hindi declamation..!

  5. gaeul says:

    hindi lahat ng declamation maikli!!!

    tignan mo yung

    “vengeance is not ours, its Gods”

  6. hailey swift says:

    well its very fascinating… although its kinda boring ,its enough for me………

  7. Mr. Handsome says:

    @asaness- short na nga ito reklamo ka pa o baka bobo ka lng!

  8. gem haira kamir says:

    hindi ko ata kaya yan! ang haba! parang hindi declamation.

  9. gem says:

    gaeul: kaya nga naghahanap ng short lang!

  10. michael says:

    eow angelica thanks sa binigay mo ty

  11. huh says:

    tae maganda nmn ahh!kung makapanglait kayo.,!

  12. lei says:

    pls!! i want a declamation that full of emotions.

  13. lei says:

    english version of pasko ni nida pls

  14. zac says:

    nice declamation piece

  15. geene says:

    true ,., actuallly declamation is not short …but sometimes it depends.

  16. jefferson:) says:

    good declamation:)

  17. nicolettez says:

    tnx . it helpz me in my declaim . tnx very much .

  18. migzv. says:

    Pagpatuloy mo lang yan, kung sino ka man I’m sure you are an honor student….. :)

  19. sammy says:


  20. labet makes ma ok,./;’

  21. liezel vaccum says:

    ya good declamation,,,?

  22. yanz says:

    wow! very nice declamation

  23. angelyza says:

    ahh borengggg
    ang declamation ///

  24. MarkJovil says:

    Ui, declamation pouh bah tlga yan????
    sure bah kayo..
    kce sabi nila ay prang poem daw!!
    nxt week pa nmn nah ung declamation namin!!!

  25. MarkJovil says:

    Answer pouh.,.,
    asap plsss…..

  26. ….psh.. im looking for a video of this declamation ….who have..?? website nga niya..

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