The Sword

There are many parts of a life,
That make up the whole,
And many components of a man
That forge his character.
Chill winds and winter snow,
Or sun and sea,
Each can test a man and temper his steel,
The mix of the iron the bough
That breaks or bends,
In the storm of his making

I am completely overwhelmed to have won the perfect poet award for week 48. More than anything it wonderful to be read and have so many great comments. Here’s to all you readers and writers out there, and all the inspiration you pass around, like torches burning in the depths of night.

I would like to nominate: Braga


36 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. charlesmashburn
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 22:27:49

    Excellent! very well said and written!


  2. Bhaga
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 03:30:04

    Aaah! Here comes the Inner Katana I was looking for, after noticing immediately when first coming to your blog the beautiful outer Katana that, along with the Rose, welcomes the visitor!…
    The sounds and rhythm of the words, and the tempo of your poem as a whole evoke so well the hard hammering that you describe, and the storm it means in life, I really congratulate you for this piece, so perfectly forged itself, contents and form in perfect fit together!…


  3. Bhaga
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 12:54:43

    Again me: This new poem of yours unexpectedly inspired me one too, dedicated to you (it is not said who) and your endeavour here.
    I just now posted it on my blog!…


  4. eva626
    Jul 09, 2011 @ 18:23:15

    this was great, i like how you played ‘steel’ into it . very nice


  5. johnewordslinger
    Jul 11, 2011 @ 22:55:07

    I love this write, even more elements are at play.
    thank you and much appreciated.
    PS the answer to your question
    is, its a picture called War of the Roses
    I lost the direct link, because it hase been moved,
    but once I find it, or it finds me, I sure will credit it..



    • mbwilliams
      Jul 15, 2011 @ 15:50:57

      Well it looks really cool and definitely adds something to your blog. I will have to do more to mine, but there is always something else to do! Thanks for dropping by.


  6. thingy
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 22:54:38

    An excellent and inspiring write. : )


  7. Jingle
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 01:43:13



  8. brownpaperbaggirl
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 19:10:01



  9. Anna Montgomery
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 21:47:25

    Great unfurling of the metaphor.


  10. mindlovemisery
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 08:01:54

    I love the metaphor it’s one I too have worked with powerful writing loved it!


  11. Jeffrey Lewis
    Jul 15, 2011 @ 16:03:54

    a “solid” piece of writing…


  12. Ina
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 09:40:54

    Good poem, the metaphor works very well!


  13. Aaron Smigielski
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 00:18:53

    There is good connection between the forging of a sword and the forging of a man. Well done.


    • mbwilliams
      Jul 18, 2011 @ 22:55:55

      Of that there is no doubt – layers of strong and flexible steel forming the ultimate tough weapon…which if it is used right, will never have to strike. Thank you for reading and commenting.


  14. Jaan Pehchaan
    Jul 17, 2011 @ 03:33:48

    The Sword – Katana, Blacksmith, a Swordsman, or a Wordsmith? Well done!


  15. Cindy Eksuzian
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 14:08:28

    Beautiful poem Mark about the male aspect of choice! Well said!


  16. R. Renee Vickers
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 15:18:54

    A sword is a great analogy for man in so many ways. It takes time and fire for one to prove his worth and temper his impulses. Well done!


  17. shannadodd
    Jul 18, 2011 @ 20:57:42

    Well done.


  18. Promising Poets' Poetry Cafe
    Jul 26, 2011 @ 18:13:51

    glad to see you take the perfect poet award, please leave a comment under the award post, nominate a poet for week 49 award …

    appreciate your input on rally week 48, join again on Thursday for week 49.



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