I am Iron

I am iron, not gold,
and I shine, well-worn.

I have little value
in the greased hands
of a merchant,

but I am priceless
in the greasy hands
of a workman.

A glimmer,
I was not given,
but polished iron glows,
warmed by the touch,
each and all, of those
who have come

and gone, cloven.

© CG Tenpenny, 2022.

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