A visit to Vulcan

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A massive  muscular cheerful smith

Vast but nimblest smokedark hands

A red face gleaming in the flickering firelight

Wrapped in his stiff leather apron

The fire glowing as the bellows huffed and puffed

The clanging of his hammer on the anvil

As he beat the shoe into shape and size

Acrid smell of hot metal, then the hissssss

As he slipped the shoe in the cold water bucket

Dull thud of an irritated horse's hooves

Sulkily shifting its weight as he held up each foot

Then snort of relief from the mare

The last nail in and four feet now grounded

Through it all the joyful gurgling voice

Of the sparkling troutful burn behind the forge.

◄ Waylaid on the road to Jericho

Survivor ►


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 9th Jul 2020 11:37

Absolutely splendid.

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jennifer Malden

Thu 2nd Jul 2020 17:04

Thanks Anna and Martin! Glad it meant something to you.Jennifer


Thu 2nd Jul 2020 15:49

I can visualize this though I've never been eye level with a horse, lol.



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Martin Elder

Thu 2nd Jul 2020 14:49

What a fabulous piece of poetry . I think this must be among your finest to date

Nice one

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jennifer Malden

Thu 2nd Jul 2020 14:31

Thanks Leon, Poem, Stephen and Abdul for the likes, and Leon and Poem for the comments. Agree about horses being some of the most beautiful animals, and one can be very fond of ones which are not equine beauty queens or Mr. Universes! I spent hours working the bellows for the smith, as it is always fascinating to watch someone who is very good at his job.
Thanks again, Jennifer

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Wed 1st Jul 2020 19:56

A beautiful poem about one of the most beautiful animals in the world


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Paul Sayer

Wed 1st Jul 2020 18:50

What a story for a dark evening by the crackling fireside.

This poem is so atmospheric and full of sights, smells and sounds to fully engage one's senses with

A superb piece of poetry Jen.

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