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There are poems on limitless subjects. Some are even devoted to the art of carpentry and craftsmanship.At DIY-Plans, we’re particularly fond of the following shed-themed poems:

My Little Garden Shed

I love my little garden shed, it’s like a home from home,
I keep all sorts of treasure there and David is my Gnome.
It’s carpeted and curtained with electric routed in,
A two seat sofa, radio and cookies in a tin.
A bookshelf in the corner with some stuff I like to read,
History and poetry, and ‘How Does A Hedgehog Breed?’
It’s more than home from home to me, of that there is no doubt,
Been sleeping here about a week, my wife has kicked me out!

The poem is written by a stay-at-home father and former Royal Air Force member who goes by the pen name “Podders.”


I’ll tell it to the shed.
It sighed when I entered,
invited me to chat,
say what had happened

From my point of view.
I could smell it meant it –
years of creosote soaked
into timber, its limbs supple,

I want to insulate it,
paint it green,
use it as a writing room.

The potting table will do.
I’ll clean the glass,
rub down the wood –
the broken chair has rustic charm.

At one end I’ll put a screen
to hide the mower
and the oversized tools inherited
from the last owner.

I move the rake, a garden sieve
and sit on his chair.
I’d tip back,
but the legs wobble

and I know they’ll break.
So we sit there,
the shed and me
and I wish I’d brought wine

to share. I’d put it
on the potting table,
maybe light candles,
cozy up to the compost

and say how lost I feel,
how utterly awful
the world is. Its old wood

Abegail Morley, who is considered to be one of the five promising British poets for 2017, penned “Shed.”