blacksmith bellows

“…They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”  (Isaiah 2:4)


hammer clangs anvil

iron thrust into fire’s white heart

sweating over forge

skilled craftsman shapes legacy

in horseshoes and kettle hooks



photo by lynn

Find more information on the process at:  Beautiful Iron      Linking to CDHK 

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Victoria C. Slotto
    Oct 25, 2016 @ 17:25:43

    Such a perfect biblical metaphor and how well you express it.


  2. kim881
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 00:49:49


  3. kim881
    Oct 24, 2016 @ 00:41:39

    Hi Lynn! I like the way your tanka starts with the sound of the hammer and anvil. I love the line: ‘iron thrust into fire’s white heart’.
    By the way, I am nominating you for the ‘three days, three quotes’ challenge. Have a great week!


  4. rosemawrites
    Oct 23, 2016 @ 04:17:02

    oooh. an interesting poem! 🙂


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