Forge of War


Print of original artwork from the book Images of War by Peter Badcock-Walters

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The Farrier

In an atmosphere
Of coal-fired humid heat
The blacksmith plies his ancient craft.
Morning light diffuses mist-like
In drifting smoke that has escaped the flue.

No medieval village croft is this
Nor yet some rural English scene:
It is instead a forge of war
In an age of mechanised hostility.

A hoof is lifted and hammer struck
Making fast its leaden shoe
Whose track will cross this land
With others of its kind
To mark the passage of our troubled time.

Peter Badcock-Walters
Images of War