Give me a Hammer

Updated on September 17, 2019
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Dean Traylor is a freelance writer and teacher who writes about various subjects including education and creative writing.

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I need a hammer

Place it in my hand

So I can grip it tight

And feel its weight.

***

Give me that hammer

For I yearn to bring it down

With all my strength.

Thus, feel its power

As it drives a nail down

Between two beams,

Its strength with mine.

***

Oh, how I yearn for it.

Oh, how I feel for it.

Oh, how I want

The pride of knowing

I’m working again.

***

Slip that check to me

At the end of the day

(the one I earned with sweat and toil)

Let me feel its sharp edge

Let me see those blessed numbers!

Let me take my trip to the bank

As I feel the pride of knowing

I’m working again.

***

That hammer, you see,

Is not just pounding nails

It’s a feel

It’s a need

To be able to travel a path to recovery

And return hope for my future

And to my family

***

It’s not much I ask

It’s not the dream of dreams

But it’s a break I need

An opportunity, indeed,

To feel wanted

To feel important

To feel like

I have a purpose

That only that hammer can bring

So give me that hammer

So I can use it one more time

To bring back that pride of knowing

I’m working again.

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      • Lorna Lamon profile image

        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        There is a real sense of purpose throughout this powerful poem, which many will relate to.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Dean, I am sure a lot of people today can relate to this poem, they would give anything to have the opportunity to wield a hammer. Good job.

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