smithing (20170716)

my hammer will not ring

no anvil to fall on
no metal to forge
no sword to fashion
for any hero’s hand

the crucible does not
overflow with molten metal
no sparks
no ashes
so soot covered skin
or sweat covered brow

no bronze to cast
or chase
no shapes to shape

it is said
that when all you have is a hammer
everything looks like a nail
but sometimes
even the nails are absent
and the hammer
is a cold stillborn thing
in your hand

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