Penny helps out at her family’s Johor hardware store
Imagine nails and bolts and dozens of articles more
Like mouse traps and razors and skillets Shovels and wrenches and forks Harrows and hillers, potato-bug killers Pump handles and bottle corks
Ser Chek is the quiet guy
Who enters the place for to purchase a case
Of unbendable handmade nails
(Either that or a ball of unknotable twine
Or a saw or a barrel of pitch —
Or was it an ax or a package of tacks?
Ah, the reason has been forgotten which
Be that as it may, he enters the store
Of that, it is perfectly sure)
And his heart is gone when he gazes upon
That sweetest of maids, the demure Penny
The most beautiful thing in a hardware shop
He ever has seen, an engaging dark haired beauty
With a smile
That has the effect, as hinted before
Of setting Ser Chek’s heart awhirl
(As sometimes occurs when a maiden smiles)
And soon he is telling the girl
Of his Prospects in Life, and his Favorite Book
And his Love for Beautiful Things
While Penny smiles and the time beguiles
With dreaming of solitaire rings.
Adapted from A Hardware Romance by Edward Anthony
onewaytix dedicates this lovely poem to our cute couple, Ser Chek and Penny. The hardware store setting is a first for our crew, as we scouted for a suitable location. Our thanks to Mr Petaling Jaya Hardware Store Boss. You must have been very curious on all the attention given to your place ('Eh, why come to this place to take pictures?').
Thank you also to Ser Chek and Penny for providing the 'nuts and bolts' to their tale of romance.