Builders' Depot - a Poem

Going to a builders' depot is like being in a different world

It's a mini-world of its own. A huge series of interleading warehouses, bustling with activity, which I assume to be purposeful, fork-lift trucks driving hither and thither, so you have to skip out of their way or be fork-lifted up to I-know-not-where, and line-upon-line of cement bags, wooden planks, door furniture, paint, tools, glues, sealants and other adhesives, electrics, plumbing, and a host of other things in between.

As you enter, there is an ominous sign that says "smile, you're on camera", and there are tally-men and women at each entrance, checking receipts against goods leaving the premises, to make sure you don't do a runner with something that doesn't belong to you.

Whilst I was sitting in my car, watching the trains fly past on the railway siding, waiting for my carpenter son to make his purchases, these words came to me:

Builders, Depot - a great warehouse of a place
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Builders' Depot

Fluorescent canary-jacketed men

Standing around chatting

Waiting for something to happen

Smoking, joking

Cockney mixed with

Middle European

Ready to help

Orange forklifts

Racing around importantly

Hurling forward, abrupt stops

Trains fly past the siding

Getting up speed

Metal shelving stacked high

With mysterious bags

Ballast sand

Wooden pallets

Timber cut in more ways

Than I’ve had hot dinners

Vertical tall soldiers

Recumbent horizontal crocodiles

Honey brown

Smelling of fresh sawdust

It’s a men’s world

Muscular tough world

Unwittingly macho

Hands-calloused and rough world

A world full of comaraderie

A warehouse of discounts

Secrets and promises


© Diana Grant 28th March 2010


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LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Diana, this is so cool! We have what is called Home Depot, and you described it to the tee! I love the line about the forklifts running around..... Lol!

Thanks for the great read. Voting up, and awesome


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

Great descriptors, Diane! I'm wondering if Builder's Depot is similar to The Home Depot here. Sounds like it's more a place for serious contractors, rather than weekend do-it-yourselfers, like me! :)


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SkySlave 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very interesting concept, i don't think I've ever read anything quite like this before. Now i wanna work on some home improvement! Voted up for interesting!


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London Author

Thanks LaThing, lindacee and SkySlave for your comments. I should think Builders Depot is very similar to Home Depot, but, as lindacee suggested, it is a place for serious contractors as well as dabblers.

And SkySlave, I don't think I have ever read anything quite like this before either! - it was a bit experimental.


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K.

Inspiration for poetry can spring from anywhere, and this is proof indeed of that! I don't know much about builders depots, but thanks to your introduction and poem I have a better understanding of them now. Thanks for the share. :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

I love the sarcasm in this hub and the references to this being a mans world, "Macho" type words LOL.

Yes when it comes to building stuff well, men are always at work with their heavy hands, and as you said oh so callous indeed.

I loved your poetry here, I will not ruin it for your guests any more then what I've done thus far, but what I shall do for sure is share this awesome poem for you, and in many ways I know how digitally, because it deserved to get paid forward indeed.

Thanks for the cool visit recently to my Fanmail hub, you are a pretty awesome poet, I'll also try to get to your prose as well one of these days, maybe even later on tonight, I have much to do for now though. Speak to you soon. 5 Thumbs!

Oh almost forgot Diana, thanks for providing the helpful DYI hub resources towards the end, I learned a great deal from your technique and approach to creating such a useful hub resource built into a poem. Smooth technique! Great keyword play as well with the title.


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Diana Grant 4 years ago from London Author

Thank you Wrenfrost and CloudExplorer for your kind comments. Actually I feel quite blown away by your reactions to my poetry. It makes me want to write more!


Mary Slocum 14 months ago

As a 20 year shipyard electrician and now 65 year old grandmother who just built a greenhouse and is going to the Depot today to buy toilet parts, you need to rethink your gender assignment and pick up a hammer or a screwdriver and build something.....


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Lorelei Cohen 14 months ago from Canada

Here in Canada they are called a home depot and these stores are massive.


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Diana Grant 14 months ago from London Author

Thanks Mary - I love it!

I have one lady friend who is an electrician, compared with knowing 20 or 30 or more male builders and other technicians, so what can I say?

I only speak in my poem about what I saw, not about what we would like it to be! But we must all keep speaking up like this whenever we get the chance, and we'll win through in the end.


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Diana Grant 14 months ago from London Author

Yes, this one I write about is absolutely huge, as you can see from the photo

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