All praise to Duncan Mustard who built My simple bed of pine boards and rough Slats and four thin square legs. He included two deep drawers that slide Without apparatus. He used no nails, no Screws. The slats are unfinished, rough To keep the mattress from slipping In my agitated sleep, or when I’m with you. When we romp, we hump, we wriggle. The mattress stays. All praise to him.
All praise to Duncan Mustard, slim, elegant, Handsome despite himself. He built The convertible futon platform That as a couch is comfortable against The back, and if you pull the pegs so The platform lowers, it lies flat and level For the futon. With sheer technology of mind He drew the curve that makes this possible Then cut the base to conform. He used no Screws. He used no nails. All praise to him.
All praise to Duncan Mustard who made This simple bench that is so refined. Three Birch boards finished and joined, no nails, No screws. He created the best angle For the legs to make the platform stable And strong. All praise to him!
All praise to Duncan Mustard who extended This deck with juniper boards that hardly rot, And set in the ground around the deck three Hearty posts from which can swing both Clothesline and hammock. Here he used some Nails, and here some screws. All praise to him!
All praise to Duncan Mustard, who with Alison Laid the shingles on this house like a carefully Woven overcoat with a stylish crenellation To separate bedrooms above from all rooms Below. The shingles lie flush and alternate. They protect the house from rain and Ruinous wind. All praise to them.
All praise to the Alison Mustard who weaves Her fabrics of silk and linen, of soy and hemp Finer than silk, at her loom away at the top Of Cape Mabou road and as I write and as you Read is dying the thread to arm the loom. She Will weave the scarf I throw around my neck. All praise to her!
All praises to Duncan and Alison Mustard Who rule the empire of nowhere of where They are on Cape Mabou road, anti-despots Of the woods, just emperor and empress Of wherever they be. All praise to them.