There are two topics to chose from this week in the Līgo Haībun Challenge, Many thanks to hostess Nightlake for presenting this opportunity for writers to improve their writing skills. For more information click on the link. At the close of each challenge several of the entrees are chosen to receive “special mention”. A pleasant added goal to strive for. To all who enter the challenge, I wish you good writing. The topics are:
“Strike while the iron is hot” – Chaucer
My offering: The Blacksmith’s Bell
The sound reverberated as his hammer struck metal again, and again, and yet again. His strokes, a rhythm of harmony in motion, striking precise spots in smoothing repetition. This was a critical stage; the shaping and molding of white hot metal. The fires from the forge flamed high, giving off much needed heat.
It was an honor to be chosen. He would not fail. No casting for this bell. It was being crafted from his hands to last forever and would ring with clarity, a pure rich song of vibration never heard before. He would insure this.
The slow uniform succession of strokes tolled as his bell would toll. His purpose, his design, his creation. Sweat pored freely down greatly reddened face and body as the fires flamed his desire to create. A transmuted configuration produced by him and only him. A work of art – the blacksmith’s bell.
pure essence of need
the crafting of creation
man’s driven desire
23 thoughts on “The Blacksmith’s Bell – Līgo Haībun Challenge”
AnElephant seems to have missed this.
Very good, the master returns!
Only a servant. “The servant waits while the master baits”! Hope your laughing, couldn’t help myself. I just don’t take myself that seriously, to me the Haibun is a challenge that I do enjoy, which you do so extremely well! 🙂 xo
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Great the way you tie up the emotional investment of the blacksmith with his physical effort. I could see the sweat pouring off him. Really enjoyed this.
Thank you Sarah! 🙂
This really brought me vividly into the artists act of creation.
Thanks Eric, I’ve always thought of a blacksmith as an artisan, which of course he was/is!
A true craftsman – pouring his heart & soul into what he creates!
xx 🙂 🙂 xx
The story was wonderful but the haiku exquisite! 🙂
Thank you, LuAnn. 🙂
Loved this Penny ~ could really feel the Blacksmith’s passion and creation. Your words danced in this one!!! Love to you ~ Robyn
Thank you my dearest friend! I hope your week is starting off well for you Robyn, and continues in a positive way throughout the week for you! All my love, Penny xo
Evening Penny! I loved that. I could feel the blacksmiths pride in his work. 🙂 Hope you had a great day..Hugs Paula xxx
Thank you Paula, I hope you did also! 🙂 xx
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An awesome tale .. which has given me an idea for mine 🙂 Thank you Penny
And I read and liked your idea exceedingly well Alastair, way to go, my friend! 🙂 xo
Thanks Penny. I wouldn’t have been able to without your inspiration. I do like being able to pick up ideas from people.
Thank you, very much!
The creation so well-described. and what a lovely haiku!
Thank you Padmini!