Our mind, equating the red hot furnace

Our thoughts, substitute for hammer and anvil

Our imagination, source of the raw material

To be heated, beaten, hammered and shaped


Pulling the words from our imagination

Holding them into the furnace of our mind

Beating, hammering and shaping them in

Our thoughts into beautiful lines or sentences


Exhausted with sweat running down our spine

We labor in our own word smithy with no regret

Sources, equipment, and tools ever present

Ready to be called and used inside of our heads


To conceive and shape these works of art

We need mind, thought, and imagination

Working together in unity and understanding

Because without it, all we forge is scrap!


  • Frank Prem

    Nicely said, Fred. We are indeed the crucible for ideas to be forged.


    • FredPeyer

      Thanks Frank, love that 'crucible for ideas to be forged'.

    • Fay Slimm

      A fine summary of the work needed to complete a canvas of artistic poetry - have a great time away Fred - - your work will be missed - safe journey my friend.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks so much Faye, it is only a half hour flight. You know we are the only State in the USA where we have to fly to get from one place to another in the same State! Will be spending time with my son and grand kids who are vacationing on Maui. Looking forward to it!

      • Goldfinch60

        Very good write, that forge within our minds must always be true to itself.

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Goldfinch, that is what is missing in the poem. That it has to be true, it has to have heart. I only talked about the head and forgot the heart!

        • Accidental Poet

          No Fred, we are not the lucky ones when we won't have your presence here on MPS for the weekend. But your family will be the lucky ones. Great write, and you have a safe and wonderful weekend. ; )

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks so much AP!

            • Accidental Poet

              You're very welcome Fred. Be safe. ; )

            • Michael Edwards

              Love this and find it quite inspiring

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks so much, Michael!

              • dusk arising

                Scrap is a bit high and mighty for my efforts, being a five letter word, maybe if you take away the first letter the remaining four letter word is my level of output.
                Nice writing sir!

                • FredPeyer

                  Haha! d a, your level of output is way above that 4-letter word!

                • Christina8

                  You certainly have a way with words. Such a great poem. Have a safe flight, we will miss you!

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks, Christina, it is so nice to know that one is missed!

                  • WL Schuett

                    Nicely forged smitty this cool poem

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks WL, keep on hammering!

                    • poetboy5454

                      Hope you have a good trip! This was a wonderful poem.

                      • FredPeyer

                        Thanks so much poetboy!

                      • Louis Gibbs

                        You have forged a masterful description of the 'process' of creating poetry, Fred. You deserve a vacation in Maui with your kids! Have fun.

                        • FredPeyer

                          Thanks Louis, it was great. Got a little bit of sunburn now, but was able to recharge the batteries!

                        • Candlewitch

                          dear Fred,

                          thank you so much for sharing with us, your tools for crafting fine art :) please have a safe holiday in the arms of your family. you will be missed!

                          *hugs, Cat

                          • FredPeyer

                            Mahalo Cat! Had a great holiday, but these two and four year olds know how to get whatever they want from Opi (Swiss German for grand-father).

                            • Candlewitch

                              LOL! it sounds like you had a wonderful time that will make for some special memories!

                              *hugs, Cat

                            • BlueDays

                              ❤️ Have a lovely holiday Fred, stay safe.

                              • FredPeyer

                                Thank you BlueDays, I did have a great few days with the kids!

                              • LAWLESS

                                Augustus would have loved this, he was a blacksmith. Sadly I think he passed.
                                This has a great message and is well written. Be well, we'll see you sooner than later I hope.

                              • myself and me

                                It is not so easy to be a wordsmith, not only it require heavy labor (hammer, beat), but also need to tolerant high heat.
                                Have a nice trip.

                                • FredPeyer

                                  Thanks M&M, you are right, it is the heat that gets to us the most!

                                • ruby.e

                                  Loved your poem and have fun in Maui!

                                  • FredPeyer

                                    Thanks so much ruby! I did have fun. The beach was great!

                                  • Seek

                                    Nothing is quite what it seems, especially for a labor of love. How you encapsulate that so well. Thanks for that timely reminder. Wherever it is you are headed, have a wonderful trip.

                                    • FredPeyer

                                      Thanks so much Seek! I did have a wonderful trip, but it was a little short.

                                    To be able to comment and rate this poem, you must be registered. Register here or if you are already registered, login here.