Blacksmith’s Villanelle

    
                    
                          Iron can be made whatever you want it to be,
                          a realm of creation in which the blacksmith’s lord—
                          if you want it done right, you’ll come see me.
                          
                          Heated to the perfect yellow-orange degree,
                          then hammered, drawn out, upset, bent and scored,
                          iron can be made whatever you want it to be.
                          
                          Modern’s but a synonym for mediocrity.
                          Settle for “good enough”? Junk’ll be your reward.
                          If you want it done right, you’ll come see me.
                          
                          Iron will isn’t will no longer free.
                          Want all conceivable possibilities explored?
                          Iron can be made whatever you want it to be.
                          
                          Manufactured stuff makes good debris.
                          I cost, perhaps more than you care to afford,
                          but if you want it done right, you’ll come see me.
                          
                          My art’s one of a kind. Like love, like poetry,
                          only a blacksmith can forge the perfect sword.
                          Iron can be made whatever you want it to be
                          but if you want it done right, you’ll come see me.
        

        


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4 Responses to Blacksmith’s Villanelle

  1. slpmartin says:

    Brought to mind fine images of a blacksmith working at his art.

  2. A dying art it is. Anymore, as hard to find as a good friend. But as a true friend will never be replaced by an app, so also when the last blacksmith’s fire dies, we will have permanently lost something unique, special.

  3. Mike says:

    It’s been ages since I’ve read a Villanelle and I greatly appreciated this homage to craftwork. I find this form one of the hardest to complete – not so much the triplets, but in validating your whole theme properly throughout. As you have succeeded in doing. My compliments.

    • Thank you. I’m not completely satisfied with this one, so will return to tinker through some re-drafting, eventually. Same as with any of mine. They all go through the same fire, the same pounding, the same re-shaping.

      Many think of traditional form as artificial, as less honest than loose verse spontaneous as puke. So the villanelle and the sestina and the sonnet are all as obsolete as the blacksmith’s tools and craft? Just my opinion, poetry’s authentic craft will always use the same individual attention and care one would bring to a villanelle, no matter how open the form, just as a blacksmith creating a legendary sword.

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