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Tang and Draw Out with Beveled Edge
Isabelle5

Newly lain on paper anvil with wet smears
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of legal ink, believing they are blacksmiths.
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Time will shape them like swords
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with lengthened tangs, sharp edges honed,
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pounded clean in a trouble-fire
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red hot with mortgage, student loans,
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children and in-laws
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and each other.
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Cooling pit - bed well-worn
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and hands that know
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where all the secrets dream
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in a beveled state of grace.
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Some perish in the heat,
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some become art -
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ancestral pictures on a wall -
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finished and proud,
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with matching smiles
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of gritted steel.
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Pictures cannot reveal the process
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so the children marry
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and cry Ouch and Oh, my God
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as the hammer comes down.
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Life will teach them to join hands, love the fire.
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2 Jul 15

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