Mary Havran

Tested By The Fire

Am I to be tested by fire?
Tempered, as steel, to forge the keener blade
Can I possibly survive?
Emerge from the flame
Purified
Purged

Is such searing necessary?
Must all that I am (or thought I was)
Be melted to the core
And poured out
Liquefied
Molten

Am I to be totally recast?
Refashioned at the anvil by heavy handed blows
So unyielding that I require
This violent a process
Hammered
Pounded

I would choose a milder makeover
The gentler touch
Of potter to the clay
The subtle training
Of gardener to the vine

Is the smithy to be my only master?
If this is the form of refashioning I truly require
Then I shall try to endure
Hopefully
Gratefully

Shall I be made more worthy?
I ask only that the process leave me bettered
By whatever bellows and blows
Keener blade
Finer mettle
Stronger
Truer
Brighter
Tested by the Fire

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 18, 2008
Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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  • Sandra GloysteinSandra Gloystein (11/5/2017 12:33:00 PM)

    I love this so much.
    Thank you.

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  • Ronell Warren AlmanRonell Warren Alman (2/9/2009 6:03:00 PM)

    Awesome poem Mary! Life for all of us is a big test! Sometimes we have to walk through a hazardous fire to get to the end of the rainbow!

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  • Jackie Hughes (1/30/2009 2:01:00 PM)

    I love this poem
    Great Job!

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  • Roger Naya (3/26/2008 6:51:00 PM)

    Hi Mary, very nice poem, how did you get it to be written like that. along the middle?

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  • Res John BurmanRes John Burman (2/28/2008 5:38:00 PM)

    I can almost hear the hammers ringing Mary, tempered indeed. Thank you

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  • L Rickie Sainti (2/26/2008 12:26:00 PM)

    You have a good poem and it is inspiring for my life situation too.

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  • Jessel Jane Tevar ToringJessel Jane Tevar Toring (2/21/2008 8:28:00 PM)

    i like this one much...thanks! ! 10 from me.

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  • Janice Wabencki (2/17/2008 1:11:00 AM)

    This is inspiring! Thank you.

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  • Dorothy- A. HolmesDorothy- A. Holmes (2/16/2008 11:57:00 AM)

    Mary,

    Oh, I love your passion in this poem!

    Dorothy

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  • Duncan Wyllie (2/10/2008 2:24:00 PM)

    Seldom have I read such strength portrayed so beautifully...speechless...
    Love duncan X

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  • Guy Faulkes (2/9/2008 7:55:00 AM)

    Dramatic, strong imagery, repetition to reinforce, the writer's personalized viewpoint, all make for a great piece to read.. Thanks

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  • Meggie Gultiano (2/7/2008 3:23:00 AM)

    Mary, i really was touched by this, since you sent me a letter.I want this posted as one of my favorite. I really wanted to write you and extend our friendship, sharing each other's views. I hope you get in touch with me, soon.God bless you..Love, Meggie

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  • Meggie Gultiano (2/7/2008 12:56:00 AM)

    All i can say is WOW.. this is marvelous! i salute you, very very powerful..I am glad and privileged to have read this..

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  • Gabriel SimpsonLaw (2/6/2008 5:19:00 AM)

    Beautiful language....love this!

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  • Annamarie Ernhart (2/1/2008 7:22:00 PM)

    So special. Thanks.

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  • Robert Gentry (1/29/2008 4:09:00 PM)

    Mary not only another remarkable poem, but a little insight into the process which paved the way to such poetry.

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  • Brian Robbins (1/27/2008 10:40:00 PM)

    One of the best great read.

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  • Merci Honour (1/26/2008 5:24:00 PM)

    Magnifique! Merci

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  • Patricia Gale (1/26/2008 12:08:00 AM)

    Wow what a piece! Fine work!

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  • Emma Corwin (1/23/2008 10:40:00 PM)

    W-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l-l

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