SoCS — If I Had a Hammer

CEF64AA8-91DF-48CA-ADCE-80520CC8787B“Hey, do you remember that old Pete Seeger song?” Harry asked.

“Which one?” Ben asked.

“The one,” Harry said, “that goes, ‘If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning / I’d hammer in the evening, all over this land / I’d hammer out danger, I’d hammer out a warning / I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land.’”

“No,” Ben responded, “but it reminds me of that old saying, ‘When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’”

“Well,” Harry said, “As that Simon & Garfunkel song goes, ‘I’d rather be a hammer than I nail. Yes I would, if I only could, I surely would.’”

“You know,” Ben said, “I think you hit the nail on the head with that one, my friend.”

“Yup,” Harry proudly said. “I really nailed it, if I do say so myself.”

“I don’t know, buddy,” Ben said. “Sometimes I feel like talking to you is like trying to nail jello to a wall.”

“Oh yeah?” Harry angrily said. “Sometimes talking to you is hard as nails.”

“Hey, why don’t you just go ahead an put another nail in my coffin,” Ben said.

“Well,” Harry said, “I feel like I have to fight tooth and nail with you just to get a word in edgewise.”

“Is that right?” Ben said. “Let me tell you something, Harry. Spending time with you is like sleeping on a bed of nails.”

“You think so?” replied Harry. “I want to nail down this one thing. Sometimes I get so mad at you it makes me want to spit nails.”

“Okay, Harry, let’s stop,” Ben said. “We’re best friends. Let’s quit arguing and see if we can set aside our differences and hammer things out together like two pals.” Then Ben put out his hand for Harry to shake.

Harry smiled, shook Ben’s hand, and said, “Speaking about hammering things out, do you remember that old Pete Seeger song?”

“Which one?” Ben asked.

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill, where we are to use the word “nail” as a noun or a verb.

15 thoughts on “SoCS — If I Had a Hammer

  1. Sadje June 13, 2020 / 5:16 am

    Haha! Brilliant. Thanks for my first smile of the day. Have a great day


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