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Steel with Stigmas

by William F Dougherty

This blade once burnished, undefiled,
flashed in pine like a mirror,
whittling figures with dabbling zeal
and honest error.

Look at it now: nicked and stained
from hacking coin. No supple wood
mottled it with this mortal rust,
this mettle's blood.


Posted on 07/04/2012
Copyright © 2021 William F Dougherty

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