The Hotter the Forge, The Stronger the Sword

18 Oct

The Hotter the Forge, The Stronger the Sword

The sword’s a symbol of great strength
As well as elegance
The blade can withstand great duress
If its metal is dense

Although the final sword is sleek
And smooth with mirror shine
It wasn’t always free of dents
Or a perfect straight line

The steel within its blade was not
Always so strong and stout
The path that the sword must take is
Not the most pleasant route

The raw, weak metal’s placed inside
A forge of blazing heat
And if that wasn’t bad enough
The swordsmith starts to beat

Upon the raw material
With hammer, unrelenting
Battering and pummeling
And shaping, reinventing

Stoking fire even hotter
Making the steel glow
Into the reinforced blade
That we have come to know

Every time its folded and
Is hammered out once more
Makes the blade even stronger
Down to its deepest core

Every centigrade of heat
That the forge does increase
Unlocks dormant potential
And more strength does release

We all are blades within the forge
And life is our swordsmith
Strength without an intense heat
Is no more than a myth

Just like the blade, you can not form
Unless the fire’s stoked
Unless the hammer’s brought down hard
And your true strength’s evoked



5 Responses to “The Hotter the Forge, The Stronger the Sword”

  1. wastelandexplorer October 18, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Words of wisdom. The hotter the fire the stronger the blade. 🙂

  2. zendictive October 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    “We all are blades within the forge
    And life is our swordsmith”

    I like this (~_~)

  3. timotheous128 December 13, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    Lara told me about your blog, and I must say I like it quite a lot! This is a great poem, and totally relatable.

    I’ll be checking this place out,


    • Warrior Poet Wisdom December 13, 2011 at 11:03 am #

      Thanks for visiting, glad you enjoyed it! Continued inspiration!
      Peace & grace,

  4. Antigone's Clamor December 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Reminds me of the “refiner’s fire” mentioned in the Bible. I think we can look on tragedy and stress and despair or find joy. We always have a choice. Excellent poem!!

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