Monday, April 20, 2015


A brick in the hand is worth two in the
Bush league masons don't stack
Up, up and away in my beautiful
Balloon frame construction is just a bunch of
Sticks, honey we live surrounded by
Rednecks make the best
Moonshine lights up my
Moonlit dome disdains All that man is,
All mere complexities,
The fury and the mire of human
Veins, so vain I bet you thought this poem's about you
you're so vain.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


You dropped the block as you fumbled
I cried when it hit my toe and the sad block crumbled.

You said "don't worry, it's no trouble"
But tell that to my toe, and tell it to the rubble.

Alone now I stack block in a row
Just me without you, just me and my poor bloody toe.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


An arch is made stronger  with corrugations
furrows and grooves that are parallel
repeated as regular reiterations
keep the arch braced, stiff as well.

Blocks which overlap and interlock
create the furrows and the grooves
herringbone pattern of stacking block
to create masonry arch roofs.

Two receiving grooves are placed
on each block to receive rebar
with these grooves equally spaced
like strings are spaced on a guitar.

The rebar's curved in the diameter
of the arch of the masonry span
to provide supporting parameter
and scaffolding for the masonry man.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Social Masonry

Through facebook, twitter, snapchat and such
I share with the world my news of block
the world just doesn't care too much
Of my instagram views of mud and rock.

Few 'thumbs up' and measured 'likes'
and fewer 'shares' and no re-tweets
this realm belongs to younger tykes
and music made of "massive beats."

But still someway I get the word out
Social media for masonry
To make foundation get the dirt out
and build upon it publicly.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Terrazo Terzanelle

Your floor may be marble or terrazo
polished smooth or tiled pattern
on which you eat hummus, even matzo.

You can revel in revelry, just like Saturn
In grandiloquence sprawled on travertine
having spit leisurely in your spat urn.

Living the life of a libertine
luxuriously having things DeLuxe
As featured in Martha Stewart's magazine.

(Ok, so Martha Stewart kinda sucks)
it shouldn't detract from your "Living"
turn on the light: Fiat Lux.

Just take masonry, I'll keep giving
my own opinion of good construction
quality of life concerns good living.

For these points need some reduction
A terzanelle about terrazo
marble needs no introduction
nor does the indulged American fatso.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Self conscious masonry limerick

There once was a masonry limerick
whose second line ended with "brick"
Twasn't Ginsburg's "Howl"
instead it used a trowel
To mortar in words I'd pick.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Dialogue between block and mortar

I am block, concrete all through
I am so strong and inexpensive
mortar, why do I really need you?
with your presence so extensive?

Block my friend and my old companion,
You'd be lost without my bonding
Colorado River without Grand Canyon
Or a bloody steak served to Gandhi.

Mortar my old and true acquaintance,
this block is rather disgusted
I almost puked at your reference
To Mahatma's diet entrusted

To mortar's odd whims and all
But together, we should stay
and just keep the solid wall
"block and mortar" for every day.

For ours is an ambivalent art
the question asked is if whether
the mortar keeps the blocks apart
or if it keeps 'em together.