A Finishing Haiku

I was doing some finishing this afternoon and ended up using Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO).  I really admire BLO in the shop.  I use it a lot on shop furniture, jigs and tools.  It is cheap, easy to work with, and dries in a reasonable amount of time.  It adds a lot of color to lighter woods like pine, and I really like how it darkens and changes over time.  The only trick is that wadded up oily rags can self combust.  This is important because I tend to wipe it on with blue shop towels on a lot of my smaller projects.

All of this inspired me get a little poetic.  I sat down and wrote a haiku for my favorite shop finish.

I am B L O
I imbue a golden protection
My rags can combust