message from a mountainside
iron forgiving rein
smithed sibilant the shadows


St. Paul is graced with dozens of outdoor iron sculptures woven into balconies, gates, fences. Indoors are hundreds more: bannisters, window-frames, hearths. We are blessed with a curving bannister fashioned half a century ago by a man who lives around the corner. He greets us on the street a smile and a question. How about that bannister? He still smiths his iron and repairs locks at his shop on rue Victor Hugo. Cazeau Claude.


Abandoned iron mine on the road from St. Paul to Lesquerde.


View of the Pyrenees from the iron mine.

Photographs © D Young

Haiku © R Young


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