Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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Blast of fire from the forge
once my furnace flame
to temper steel character
quenching heat to go ahead
affliction grief countervail
mortal force, victory over self
to hammer shape before the hearth
bellows blow, intensifying heat
to batter heart, searching
lattice packing symmetry
as balance on a stormy sea
violent billows surge the lee.

Jan G. Otterstrom F. 7/25/2012