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:
Fluorescent canary-jacketed men
Standing around chatting
Waiting for something to happen
Cockney mixed with
Ready to help
Racing around importantly
Hurling forward, abrupt stops
Trains fly past the siding
Getting up speed
Metal shelving stacked high
With mysterious bags
Timber cut in more ways
Than I’ve had hot dinners
Vertical tall soldiers
Recumbent horizontal crocodiles
Smelling of fresh sawdust
It’s a men’s world
Muscular tough world
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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