grandfather was building a boat

i can remember the freshly cut wood smell

the shavings and sawdust on the floor

the many tools hanging in their places

who builds a boat from scratch

who tends a garden

raises geese and chickens

keeps bees and tends fruit trees?

his son never did any of that

it seems to me now

that all his son ever built

was the wall that separated us

Copyright Michael Douglas Scott 9/14/19