To make. To make do or do without. To trust your own two hands,
maybe too much. To save the bent nails in coffee cans. To fold the
ratty towels. To value the threadbaring towels and the labor of
squaring them up. To be scrappy. To drive the S-10 into scrap and
keep driving it. To put what you make between you and your end. To
know God and know lack and think you’ll put some space between
you and both. To fill a kitchen drawer with rinsed-out bread bags. To
be handed bags to line your boots. To make do so long it feels like
devotion. To be riled by idleness: too much television or sleep, too
much time over coffee. To drink day-old coffee from a chip-rimmed
cup. To brush with whatever toothpaste’s on sale. To darn with cheap
yarn the moth holes in sweaters. The moths come for everything. To
feel satisfied when the garden’s in. To fall asleep estimating the
harvest. To put up seven quarts of pole beans no one particularly likes.
To put up. To hear a person say work and swear he said worth. To do.
To do. To abide in spareness and rarely be spared.
Strength & Resilience
the repetition of the same letter or sound at the beginning of words appearing in succession
a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences
The use of multiple words with the same root in different forms.