Smith by Nicholas Bradley

Poem title: Smith

Poet name: Nicholas Bradley

Poem: Hephaestus the armourer,

new dad, dons reflective

shell, buckles bicycle

helmet, and heads back heedful


from forge to family—

home to keep the other fires

alive. He was immortal

once. Now he can’t die.

End of poem.

Credits and bio: Copyright © Nicholas Bradley

Previously published in Before Combustion (Gaspereau Press, 2023).

Nicholas Bradley is the author of two books of poetry: Rain Shadow and Before Combustion. He teaches at the University of Victoria.