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The Old Whittler

Updated on July 26, 2016
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.


Old man sits just whittlin' in the muted shade
Ne'er boasting, bragging of the things his crusty hands have made.
Ne'er spilling poison words about the worst of men
What they stole now and who they killed then.

The old master is he with mind so peaceful
To rob, lie, or brag to him would be awful.
Many things of beauty from wood he's created
Pleasing the buer and price ne'er debated.

Sunrise to sunset, after morning prayer he sits alone
Whittlin' a life for his faithful wife and the love she's shown.
Ne'er a whimper. Ne'er a tear, just shavings and strokes
He's touching feeling the vision he's seen without evil, laughing or jokes.

A whittler is he from boyhood age of ten
When starving was near and taking most men.
He farmed his sod, gave the devil a nod
And whittled to avoid God's chastening rod.

A whittler he dies
A whittler he's lived.
Ne'er a cheat or shameful defeat
Just a rock at his head and name at his feet.


"Dad, I remember what you said when I was young: we are known not for our words, but by what we do."

— Kenneth Avery

© 2016 Kenneth Avery


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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      "You, my dear friend, are very Special to me ever since the first comment and hub(s) we ever shared comments."

      "Do you even know how gifted YOU are?"

      "I can just feel your warm spirit in your comments. I really can."

      Peace to you and yours and write me anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      And your "word" made my night. Praises all go to My Maker.

      Write me anytime.


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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, breakfastpop,

      "Thanks so much for taking time to read this work and leave such sweet comment."

      "You are a true gem to me. And I know to many others on HP."

      "Please keep in touch and write anytime."

      Love you Lots.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Jodah, my friend,

      "A sincere thanks to you for your always-supportive comments. I treasure your friendship. And talents."

      "I plan on going on a "Hub Tour" of your works and those of my followers--when I am up to it."

      Write anytime.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      I cannot express in words how much that I appreciate your comments. Not as much about my work, but MY Dad and what you said of him.

      "Thanks so much."

      Keep in touch and write anytime.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I love your story-poems, Kenneth. They're my favorite of all the types of genres you post on HP.

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      John Ward 

      2 years ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      Kenneth.... One word. GREAT. John

    • breakfastpop profile image


      2 years ago

      I loved every bit of this poem. It told a touching story.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      As you know I love your poetry the most of everything you write, Kenneth. What a wonderful story poem.

    • whonunuwho profile image


      2 years ago from United States

      Great work here, my friend. I really liked it and its expressiveness. It was emotional and had a good message. Your father was a wise man, my friend. well done. whonu


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