MS (9th December Nineteen Fifty / Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland)

The Smith

What is this magic you do?
Taming the fire
Bending the earth
Making beauty from brute strength
Giving death a sharp edge
Creating in your mind and fire
Tools and everydays that
Humblefolk might live in peace
Making death and making life
With the same hammerblows
Are you a god or a man
Or the spirit of earth and fire
That men fear and love you, Smith







Martin Swords March 2009

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Comments (4)

I heard the sounds and saw the images as i read the poem. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing. :)
this is a lovely, strongly visual and sound-full, poem. Would love to hear it read out loud
To make 'beauty from brute strength ' is a true gift - and here you have captured in fine tribute a strong verse Martin - - - a pleasure to read and a worthy praise for the Smithy.10 from Fay with best wishes.....
Love this, a tribute to the skill of the anvil worker 10