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Steel to Stone

“Show me the way that you would have me follow. Teach me the path on which you would have me walk… Lord what would you have me do this day?”  I have stone. I have steel. Once the sun is up, I’m gonna’ take me a wake n’ bake, and put the steel to the stone. Make something pretty. I got nothing else.JWM

To The Stone-Cutters
                by Robinson Jeffers

Stone-cutters fighting time with marble, you fore-defeated
Challengers of oblivion
Eat cynical earnings, knowing rock splits, records fall down,
The square-limbed Roman letters
Scale in the thaws, wear in the rain. The poet as well
Builds his monument mockingly:
For man will be blotted out, the blithe earth dies, the brave sun
Die blind, his heart blackening:
Yet stones have stood for a thousand years, and pained thoughts found
The honey peace in old poems.

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  • gwbnyc September 15, 2021, 8:54 AM

    Alex Weygers, polymath/blacksmith.
    excellent book or two on the subject.


  • Lance de Boyle September 15, 2021, 9:31 AM

    And if I may….

    Percy Bysshe Shelley – 1792-1822
    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

  • Mike Seyle September 15, 2021, 10:54 AM

    That quote from JWM is one reason I read his blog. That his quote is on this site is one reason I read this one. Both men are relevant.

  • nunnya bidnez, jr September 15, 2021, 1:26 PM

    I’m standing next to a mountain
    chopping it down with the edge of my hand
    I pick up all the pieces and make an island
    Might even raise a little sand

  • jwm September 15, 2021, 4:08 PM

    Thank you.