Hephaestus is the title of a poem about a difficult relationship between two artists; one is a writer and the other is a classical painter. Despite their beautiful art forms, these artists cannot seem to create anything other than conflict between each other. As a result, the writer realizes that their efforts to hammer out something beautiful together has made them artists of a different art-form; one requiring a lot more sweat and toil than their preference.
Hephaestus refers to the Greek mythological god of blacksmiths, craftsmen, artisans, sculptors, metals, metallurgy, fire and volcanoes. He is described as lame, having been thrown down from heaven, yet powerful as well as creative: a symbol of art that endures.
Dedicated to my loving, yet maddening, helu.
Please check out this latest video addition to the lyw channel on Youtube, featuring hephaestus from the poetry chapbook, ya helu: