The DIY conundrum

We really are a nation of DIY

We like to give everything a try

From laying a garden, seed and all

To leveling out for a tile floor


We buy all the gear we think we will need

The ladder, the level, the tiles, the seed.

And then we will find we use it just once

Or have heaps to use next time, after we wipe off the dust.


Our sheds are full while we wait for that time

When we lay another lawn, or hang another line.

And after all that expense, that effort, that toil

We still end up needing to call a professional


But we look at the job we completed and say

How pleased we are, it really did pay.

To do it ourselves, the money we saved

And we hide the wonky tile and the crooked architrave.


Next time I may think of the time I’d have gained,

of the bruises, fingernails and pains I’d have saved

And I’ll reach for the phone, a professional to call

Well maybe…or I’ll visit the hardware and buy some more tools!

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