Building Things  1920 Lincoln Log Cabin Patent Artwork
1920 Lincoln Log Cabin Patent Artwork

We built a house
   when we were young
      Built it out of pine logs
         fresh cut from the woods
      The wood was still so green
         it splashed when spiked
      It smelt of the forest
   When we were young
we built a house

It’s not that hard
   to build a log house
      The logs from the mill
         come pre`cut & notched
      numbered from A-1 to Z-20
         Just follow the numbers
      the windows fall in place
   To build a log house
is not all that hard

It’s lifting the log
   that strains the back
      A tree is no small thing
         after all A tree’s a tree!
      A man after all is but a man
         Still a concentrated man
      who can manage a log
   that strains his back
can build a house

“Pages need our attention;
books take care of themselves.” ~ Richard Russo


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to Building Things

  1. speaks directly to an unlived dream

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kiwiskan says:

    reminds me of a log building set that belonged to my husband as a boy…


    • They were called ‘Lincoln Logs’ after the great American president . . . Same idea except a lot more work to put together on a large scale . . . I built two of them: one of lodgepole pine and one of cedar; the cedar was dried, but the pine was green . . . Heavy!!!

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    • The houses I built did not warp; nor was there ever any draft in them – heated solely with wood heat and when they were warm the logs held the warmth better than conventional construction . . . I loved living in them . . .

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