which has sustained children
which is in the height of vitality
which has slain lions
wrinkled, cracked, and gray, this is the reality
this is your hovel, and this is your mansion, and this is your shield
this, your only sword.
even though the sword is only a rusted, knicked, scarred bit of flat iron alloy
it would not be rusted if it had not stood the test of time
and it would not be knicked if it had not met and conquered resistance
and it would not be scarred if it had not preserved you through the battle
and iron is stronger when it has been forged with impurities.