JAPANESE KOZUCHI HAMMER

 

Purchased from:   www.japanesetools.com.au

 

BOATSHED ELEGY FOR THE HAMMER THAT DOES NOT RETURN

stolen hidden away
lost
but not abandoned
or forgotten
O humble hammer
never forget
never desert
your children
your master
your family of lovers

come back
O beloved hammer –
our solid cherished certain
hammer –
and be loved once again
by the old hands
the old grip
the slow embrace
of shape and substance

O lovely indispensable
glorious hammer –
tap tapping your song
on the rim
of my heart –
do not forget
to bring back
that bold hopeless
dazzling
vision
of long ago

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