Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE CARPENTER, by AMY BRUNER ALMY

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THE CARPENTER, by            
First Line: Jesus was a carpenter. He gladly plied
Last Line: The light, the way of life, for all mankind.
Subject(s): Carpenters; Jesus Christ - Life & Ministry

Jesus was a carpenter. He gladly plied
His trade, for Nazareth had need of him.
Year after year, he worked at Joseph's side:
He fashioned plows; set spokes to perfect rim;
Made seats of pine; smoothed bowls of cedar wood.
So tenderly he polished oxen yokes,
Men bared their hearts to him: he understood;
He helped each one. He loved the village folks.

Yet none of these could dream he was the Son
Of God. He was their brother, friend, who knew
The hidden good in each, and, knowing, won
To strength. But Christ himself knew this was true:
He was the Father's Son in heart and mind,
The Light, the Way of Life, for all mankind.

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