Open Link Night d’Verse Poets Pub- Working It Out

A racket started in a shed
‘Tween a shovel and a rake,
They each felt top importance
A choice they ought to make.

The shovel flexed its muscles,
Claimed lifting’s all it takes.
Retorting was the other,
“No holes are made by rakes!”

The battle raged for hours.
All the gauges got the ‘hots’.
The hose became incontinent,
Rope hammock was in knots.

“Enough!” a shadow shouted.
The hoe cried, “It’s the broom!”
“I brush things up inside and out.”
Then it swept across the room.

It was never really settled
Which tool held the most clout.
If your shed remains real quiet,
Just know they worked it out.

Open Link Night #291 | dVerse (dversepoets.com)

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42 thoughts on “Open Link Night d’Verse Poets Pub- Working It Out

  1. Darius the Mate 04/29/2021 / 6:56 pm

    Hopefully they can work through it.

    Good fun and nice wordplay!

  2. Jen Goldie 04/29/2021 / 8:22 pm

    That was fun! 😊
    Thank you 🌼

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/29/2021 / 8:41 pm

      😁 Thanks! Not Chaucer but I was aiming for Shel Silverstein.

      • Jen Goldie 04/29/2021 / 8:51 pm

        I loved your idea of inanimate objects fighting! Makes sense to me! LOL
        btw I had to look up Shel Silverstein.
        From what I read your stuff’s a lot better πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Š

      • Jen Goldie 04/29/2021 / 8:58 pm

        I only read two,, well bits of two….

  3. Helen Dehner 04/29/2021 / 8:42 pm

    I love this wonderful bit of poetic humor … my shed is absolutely quiet tonight.

  4. rothpoetry 04/29/2021 / 10:16 pm

    Love it! I can just see them arguing!

  5. Ron. 04/29/2021 / 10:25 pm

    Hahahaha…What a cool tale.
    (My shed’s ruled by the sprinkler, who just hoses everybody down if they get too rowdy.)

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/29/2021 / 10:32 pm

      🀣 I’d bet the WD40 is a popular guy too then. Thanks.

  6. msjadeli 04/29/2021 / 11:33 pm

    I love it! The Secret Ego Battles of gardening tools.

  7. Dave Williams 04/30/2021 / 5:21 am

    A fun poem πŸ™‚ Tools spend a lot of time in a shed, and surely they don’t agree on everything!

  8. donmatthewspoetry 04/30/2021 / 7:28 am

    My mower keeps dropping oil….tools complain they keep slipping…….guess that explains the utter ‘mess’ when I open the door….like a pile of ‘pickup sticks’….remember that game?

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 7:40 am

      HA… yes I remember. I actually had considered saying that the lawnmower couldn’t hold its oil!
      All that arguing leaves my shed messy too.
      If their hubris catches on with the power tools, I’m going to be in real trouble!
      Thanks. πŸ˜‰

      • donmatthewspoetry 04/30/2021 / 8:04 am

        I am a saw the mighty saw
        Electric, powered to go
        I am in charge of all of you
        To me now bow down low

        whimper whimper (power drill -junior version)
        judder judder (jigsaw)

        To you great one we all bow down
        We bow down at your teeth (not feet Susan)
        You keep the law and order here
        And stop shedloads of grief

        My tool shed’s hunky dory Susan……trained up the saw well….

      • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 8:26 am

        Delightful conclusion. lol
        If the power goes out, there will be chaos. Seems the generator is in ‘charge’ then.
        Sparks will surely fly.
        Darn generators drink heavily but choking them, now and them, helps keep them in check.

      • donmatthewspoetry 04/30/2021 / 8:46 am

        Now that is some quite insightful insights there….I’m impressed

        My tools heard this and wish to respond (see what you’ve started?. ….I know I know it’s all dVerse’s fault)

        You think you’ve got things organised
        But GENERATOR I
        Am master of you rabbly lot
        Cross me and you die

        whimper shake whimper (drill junior)
        jugger shake jugger (jigsaw)
        he’s all talk (KING SAW)

        GEN and KS insisted on caps……never get offside with a generator or power saw Susan….results can be diabolical

      • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 8:54 am

        🀣 πŸ˜πŸ‘Š Well played.
        Generators are show offs but run things well. The Govenors of their domain.
        Found a crack in my solar panel, apparently they’re spiteful and jealous too!
        I’ll surely watch my back. Thanks for the warning… and fun.

      • donmatthewspoetry 04/30/2021 / 9:00 am

        Thankyou…..imagination is a powerful tool not used often enough..

        Whoever heard of tools talking to themselves?……

      • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 9:04 am

        😁 Most of my adult life has been spent with kids. They told me about tools and taught me everything I know. πŸ˜‰

  9. calmkate 04/30/2021 / 7:57 am

    what good fun
    using tools for a pun
    threaten to lay them in the hot sun!

  10. robtkistner 04/30/2021 / 11:40 am

    Excellent work Susan, very well written! Wonderful rhyme!

  11. Ingrid 04/30/2021 / 12:32 pm

    I love the idea of all the tools in the toolshed having an altercation – a great imaginative piece!

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 12:34 pm

      😊 I appreciate that! Thanks.
      So far, my own shed has been quiet. 🀭

      • Ingrid 04/30/2021 / 12:45 pm

        As far as you know…πŸ˜‰

  12. Beverly Crawford 04/30/2021 / 3:20 pm

    Well, this is a delightful frolic in the toolshed. I love everything about it — the rhyming and rhythm, and the humor especially!

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 3:48 pm

      Thanks! I love making people smile. Of course, I giggled as it took shape. 🀭

  13. Mish 04/30/2021 / 4:07 pm

    Entertaining to visualize this! I had to laugh at this…”The hose became incontinent”, not only funny but also because I didn’t think I’d read another poem with the word, “incontinent” in it, after Ingrid’s! πŸ˜€

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/30/2021 / 4:16 pm

      🀣 That was precisely why incontinent was on my mind. It’s cool how grazing on the work of others influences our own work.
      Thank-you.

  14. BjΓΆrn Rudberg (brudberg) 05/02/2021 / 10:14 am

    Ha… so much fun… I think both shovel and rake are mostly unused for me.

    The axe and the scythe on the other hand… but their story is much scarier.

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/02/2021 / 10:32 am

      Yikes… I’d get out of their way! Thanks for commenting. πŸ˜€

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