Sunday, August 14, 2005

Hardened steel on tempered steel,
After ten years of the file wearing away the knife,
The knife wore down the file.

Countless sharpenings and countless meals made;
Could I have grown fond of them,
Two made things that never lived?

The new file bites well into the blade;
I must use gentler strokes
So as not to remove too much or notch the edge.


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