"This is how we built scaffold,"
the old-timer says, driving a screw with his cordless drill,
we didn't use screws or cordless drills."
Things change. Hardly a carpenter nowadays
uses a handsaw. The folding rule
has gone the way of the dodo, and even hammers
may soon be relegated
to Antiques & Collectibles.
A scaffold, however,
is temporary by definition, a minimal structure
intended to be torn down,
a kind of medieval siege tower, or a makeshift platform
from which to contemplate
As the old-timer says, "It will put you in places
where no one has ever been."