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Poem: "When the Road Is Bent"
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siege From: siege Date: June 25th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)

A children's chant of smiths

Whitesmith, greensmith, bronzesmith, black
Silversmith, goldsmith, runesmith, glass

Work at your forges, work at your script
Blow big bellows, Crucible glint
Cast and hammer, tongs and dip

Write out your pattern and cut it in
Work your metal until it's thin
Fold it and beat it again and again

Shape me a tool to make me clever [meaning skilled]
Forge me a sword to make me strong
Bend me a shoe to make me swift

Mint me a coin to make me rich
Write me a charm to make me bright [meaning lucky, smart/witty, wise; later variations used "wise" in this line]
Make me a jewel to give my wife

Whitesmith, greensmith, bronzesmith, black
Silversmith, goldsmith, runesmith, glass

(This is the sort of chant English-speaking children would learn about smiths in the time period this series is written, and it seems apt, as Romani smiths would not only make tools but also charms and jewelry. I also posted this poem to my LJ and DW, where I included descriptions of these smiths and their work.)

Edited at 2014-06-25 01:09 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 25th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A children's chant of smiths

Wow! This is lovely. I will link to it.

By the way, a bronzesmith is sometimes called a brownsmith, if you want to stick with all colors.
siege From: siege Date: June 25th, 2014 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A children's chant of smiths

Thank you, I'll double-check and edit my post with that info. :)
siege From: siege Date: June 25th, 2014 01:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A children's chant of smiths

Just to let you know, your link goes to this page, but not this thread; did you mean to link to either of my journal posts instead?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: June 25th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A children's chant of smiths

It was supposed to go to your DW post which has the extra annotations. See if that works now.
siege From: siege Date: June 25th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A children's chant of smiths

It does, thank you. :)
siege From: siege Date: July 6th, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: A children's chant of smiths

Now that "When the Road Is Bent" has been posted in full, I have gone back and updated my notes for this poem.
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