Poetry: "parry with alacrity, protect soft places" by Ceinwen Haydon

fit sheath

over blade


with one hand

stretch wide in

sweeping motions

slight downward tilt

forceful rhythm

maintain balance

do not overload

or overreach

see chart in fig.1

to depress release

remove screw

from warm body

before reconnecting

trigger output with care

performance can be maintained

and to facilitate cooling

hold back from power surges

satisfactory operation depends on proper tool care


lubrication oil is available

Found poem from leaflet for Black and Decker

GTC36552PC & GTC3655PCLB

Ceinwen lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and writes short stories and poetry. She has been widely published in web magazines and in print anthologies. She is a Pushcart (2019 & 2020) and Forward Prize (2019) nominee. She believes everyone’s voice counts.