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My Silversmith's Hands
by A PAX
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

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These hands hold the traces...laced scars of my craft
Lines criss crossed...yet palms an old draft
My womanly rough as a man's.....
That once used the hammer, and anvil with plan

Blood mixed with metal, polish, and grain
Focused on process.....ignoring the pain
Acid, and flux, the stench of propane
Intent on creation...of silver domains

From mind comes the thoughts, and substance to hold
As metals are torched, and hammered to mold
A force now entwined, from metal.....and mind
As a gift of adornment....the soul of design

I miss those days........ I gave to my art
My pieces...most sold....yet still hold my heart
I mourn them like children, that I hardly knew
And yet they are essence and truth

Lady A
June 23, 2003


I have turned to poetry over the past few yrs as a creative outlet since I no longer smith due to asthma. But poety is fun, and I do love I don't need any tools to create a poem, just my mind and fingers...and poetry will never endanger my health....maybe my sanity, but never health! LOL

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Reviewed by Amor Sabor 7/17/2003
Your numerous talents leave no room for doubt and I am glad that you did take up poetry then...for you do have the knack to excel in any kind of art. Would love it if you hurried back.
Reviewed by serenety L 6/25/2003
I can imagine and feel how much you miss your craft. And I am sure you were very good at it. But you are also exceptional with your poems.
Reviewed by T. Emilie Dybevik (Reader) 6/25/2003

I bet you have some AWESOME jewelry! This is beauty... I just wanted to hug ya! Your words do things for a reader's soul. Every woman fears this. And WHY exactly? Was it society or is it just in the genes to feel this way?

Thanking you,

Reviewed by Steve Ralph 6/25/2003
Anita you are undoubtly as talented with the tools of your poetry as you were with those of your smithing,
beautifully written poem, thank you
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 6/24/2003
This was outstanding, I loved this so much,

Reviewed by Cherokee Sage (Reader) 6/24/2003
You appear to excel at all things creative, dear lady. Fine poem.
Mark Sage
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 6/24/2003
And you do your poetry very well....
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/24/2003
Anita I'm impressed you did smithing...Your poetry is excellent always,so glad you can write, it sure helps, and we get the benefit of your goodies;-)!thank you!
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/24/2003
Well I can think of an asthma free tool you can use, a terrifick poem, love every word.. well done
Reviewed by Jay G 6/24/2003
So then, your poetry is the silver lining to the asthma problem.....and what a magnificent lining it is!
I believe one day you will be able to do both....poetry and smithing.
Reviewed by michael horetsky (Reader) 6/24/2003
Your talent is evident in both i am sure...Well done verse..
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/24/2003
amazing write!!
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 6/24/2003
The poems, such as this treasure are more valuable than the silver!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 6/24/2003
Enjoyed the read. So sorry you can't do that any more. Asthma...never knew you could take a deep, deep breath, and not get any air. Feel for you. Been there.
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/24/2003
Wonderful! Sacrifices made to the "children/creations" that you love! Yes, things that we create are truly born of us, Jewelry, art, poems, etc.! You've expressed your love of craft, wonderfully! I enjoyed and appreciated this poem, very much! Raising my glass. Here's to you, Lady A!
Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader) 6/24/2003
Anita, thank you for choosing this topic.
As a fashion designer, I almost always felt about my creations in the exact way you do..
How can I thank you for explaining to the world that we put a portion of our soul n each piece of art.
Lovely, Anita!
Reviewed by Erica Ivory 6/24/2003
I agree with Paul.. Just amazing write.. perfect art.. I am in awe!!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/24/2003
Lady A, Your poem is a golden work of art.
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