The Old Smithy
I met a wordsmith once;
he worked in our village.
He nailed words onto the hooves
of horses: Walk and Trot
on the front feet, Canter
and Gallop on the rear.
His customers took their horses
back to him, complaining
the words didn’t last long enough.
He tried several variations
using cardboard instead of paper
and laminating the words.
It was no good, the card
lasted little longer than the paper
and the laminations lead the
horses to slip on grassy slopes.
On roads and tracks, the grit
pierced them just as easily.
He had to retire, disappointed
that his experimental work
wasn’t appreciated by the wider
public. In his later years he
tried casting words on horseshoes,
kept them in heavy notebooks.
copyright © 2017 Simon Williams.
First appeared in Riggwelter