Forgot your password?

We just sent you an email, containing instructions for how to reset your password.

Sign in

  • You use your whole arm
    Keep your elbows clear.
    My father made the cut.
    His hand held the saw.
    His arm swung clean and clear.
    I held the plank and itched for a turn.

    I showed them how.
    The teachers’ lament, that.
    You can hear the ‘but’ coming a mile away.

    Here comes the chorus.
    I am sure you know the words
    too well.
    Here it comes, sing along if you want now:

    You sure you want to do that?
    (Soon as I heard you ask, I did)

    Now, if I was doing that…
    (But you’re not)

    If you ask me….
    (Did I?)

    I never seen it done that way.
    (Well, step back and maybe you’ll learn something new.)

    I guess you could do it that way.
    (I guess I can.)

    Conventional wisdom would have…
    (Save it for the conventional fella why don’t you.)

    Nine out of ten experts recommend…
    (What did number 10 have to say?)

    The map, the directions, the manual, the guy at the friggin’ store
    (Yeah, I am sure they all did.)

    Funny thing about it is that what I’ve learned to do, I’ve learned in the doing
    In the choosing
    In the trying
    In the over and over
    In the straight-up fuck-ups
    In the clenched fist frustration
    In the sheer and brilliant joy
    See, I did it myself.

    Yet so quick I turn,
    like all the rest,
    you’d think I’d know by now,
    but I still catch myself, hear myself saying,
    “Here, let me show you how.”
    • Share

    Connected stories:


Collections let you gather your favorite stories into shareable groups.

To collect stories, please become a Citizen.

    Copy and paste this embed code into your web page:

    px wide
    px tall
    Send this story to a friend:
    Would you like to send another?

      To retell stories, please .

        Sprouting stories lets you respond with a story of your own — like telling stories ’round a campfire.

        To sprout stories, please .

            Better browser, please.

            To view Cowbird, please use the latest version of Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Internet Explorer.