It happened in a flash
The grain crunched,
concertinaed into a cram-jammed
throat so tight it jarred me.
Would it happen with a heavyweight?
Some other make?
A bevel up?
Most likely one and maybe not the other
but then no one predicts its
happening in time to change
plane type to avoid it,
This phenomenon happens once a year
when the knot’s so hard at the start
of a plane stroke that the hardness
in its denseness parts the cap iron a thou’
from the cutting iron and can go no further.
The crumple begins like a five-car five-star pile-up
and you know to stop and not force a thing.
No more swipes and no more snipes.
You lift the lever on the lever cap
lift out the cutting iron,
part off the cap iron and there it is,
that dense and shiny, hard knot that started
the jam at the start of the plane stroke.
Bemused by the lot, you replace the parts
and swipe again and you are back in the zone
and the wood is smoothed to perfection.
Remember, life is just like wood!
It comes with knots in it!
If you can’t stand the knots,
stay out of the workshop!