The Black Iron

He has been bent,
He has been forged,
He has been hammered like a
hot iron to obey the blacksmith.

How much he can take
Before his soul rages embers?
How far he can go
With his bones chiselled to weakness?

But fortitude is his strongest suit,
No fire can turn him into weak ashes,
Nothing can shake his unabated spirit,
‘cause he is an iron who absorbs thousand blows!

©2020 Piyush Singh

100 Selected Poems, John Keats: Collectable Hardbound edition

30 thoughts on “The Black Iron

      • Kritika June 2, 2020 / 4:12 pm

        My pleasure 🙂

  1. Ishaan Sharma June 2, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    Beautiful meaning!
    Every sword must pass the test of fire

  2. Era June 2, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    Amazing with deep meaning 😊

    • singhpiyush6089 June 3, 2020 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much… Your words really mean a lot to me!

  3. Christopher Lindsay June 7, 2020 / 3:26 pm

    Flows very well. Powerful.

    Question — lines 3 and 4 say, “like a hot iron” But isn’t it an iron? Is that a contradiction?

    • singhpiyush6089 June 7, 2020 / 3:51 pm

      Thank you for your praise … Well i meant iron… Sometimes thoughts emerge differently when you dig it deeper..!

  4. Kanjika June 10, 2020 / 5:36 pm

    Strong and inspiring

      • Kanjika June 10, 2020 / 5:45 pm

        My pleasure, thank you for sharing.

  5. Shanyu June 30, 2020 / 10:25 am

    Power. Absolute power and bravery in those words. Keep writing man! Peace and greetings from Sui generis 💛

    • singhpiyush6089 June 30, 2020 / 10:27 am

      Thank you so much Sui Generis! I am glad you connected with this

      • Shanyu June 30, 2020 / 10:31 am

        My absolute pleasure! Have a fantastic day!

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