Secrets Revealed

Vulcan (Roman counterpart of Hephaestus) by Pe...

Vulcan (Roman counterpart of Hephaestus) by Peter Paul Rubens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Hot iron striking

Zeus demands more

Thunder and lightning

No time to find her


Unfaithful bride

Loves all but he

Nowhere to hide

Ares and Aphrodite


Lovers caught in the act

Brought before all

Cooler heads transact

To spare Hephaestus from a brawl


A bride returned

To an unhappy husband

His affections spurned

Only fire obeys his command


His disgust in hiding

As his bride’s belly rounds

Hot iron striking

Anvil pounds

nowhere to hide

from the gods’ watchful eyes

secrets revealed



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Strike while the iron is hot – Chaucer




7 thoughts on “Secrets Revealed

  1. nightlake says:

    This is powerful and tells a story of so many emotions. Thanks for taking part.

  2. yarnspinnerr says:

    Loved the idea of using a myth for haibun. 🙂

  3. Alastair says:

    I love this. You can almost see his tears as he’s working

  4. Penny L Howe says:

    This is wonderful. Flows throughout, just an excellent expression of haibun and a perfect haiku! 🙂

  5. Legend bought back to life in a beautiful way

  6. Peripatetic Eric says:

    Great! Really keeps on building in intensity to the end. Love the parallel of emotions and the intense pounding of metal.

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