Good Steel


Steel glows a cherried red glare

Smith tosses sparks blow freed

The anvil sings its ringing song

Strong metal now born the seed


Forge bellows with an old wife’s steam

As black coal burns to graying ash

Strong hands that grip the oak above

Bring hammer down with a crash


Then folded back upon itself

As the steel begins to yield

Each layer building greater strength

Deadly art a pleasure to wield


Quenched by the sweat of furrowed brow

And tempered by craft well done

Honed by stone to a razor’s edge

Damascus steel glints in the sun


An ancient need to most it’s true

But when wielded with great skill

Art can cleave strong men in two

If that be the wielder’s will


14 Responses to “Good Steel”
  1. beth says:

    such imagery –

  2. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Fantastic images you have created Brad! Lovely work!

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    You painted the picture so well with this one, Brad.

  4. DC Gilbert says:

    Great imagery. Some blades are indeed exquisite works of art.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    beautiful imagery; I guess everything could be used for good, or evil…

  6. ironbarr1 says:

    Absolutely brilliant, enjoyed every word. Thankyou for sharing!

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