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Holding our Temper

Holding our Temper

Holding our Temper

 
Tempering steel
reduces its hardness
and increases not only
its toughness, but its
ability to meet its
intended use.
 
Making it less
brittle.
 
Enhancing
its resistance 
to deformation.
 
It makes it
adaptable to 
its purpose by
imposing a tensile
elasticity, a deep
and penetrating
plasticity.
 
Bridges, say.
High-rises.
Springs.
Swords.
Gears
 
of a found
music box
that plays “…a 
few of my favorite
things…"
 
Mettle.
 
Only by
heating and 
cooling it off,
again and again.
Cycles of exposure
to contrast, unifying,
fusing, if you will, the 
physical structure's
crystalline phases in
to a single-phase 
microstructure.
 
This is what makes a 
tempered thing stronger, 
able to withstand greater
force, pressure, to take 
greater load with
out yielding.
 
Distorting.
Warping.
Giving
way.
 
A relatively 
unchanged 
practice since 
ancient days—
this heating and 
quenching, even 
in baths of urine and
blood—to relieve the 
internal stresses of iron-
based materials, enabling them 
to handle external stresses, 
repetitive and unbidden
shocks, without 
succumbing.
 
In general terms,
a material that bends
is less likely to break.
 
The end result is a
structural integrity
with maximum
“service life."
 
How long can
it serve, how 
resilient can 
it be?
 
Only 
repeated 
use will 
tell.
 
Bridges
are made
to sway and
flex with winds
and loads.
 
They are made
to span chasms
and endure
journeys.
 
They are made
to withstand
the rigors of
their service
to progress.
 
Especially
to favorite
things.
 
 
“Against this cosmic
background the lifespan
of a particular plant or animal
appears, not as a drama complete
in itself, but only as a brief interlude
in a panorama of endless change.”
—Rachel Carson

∞/∞

Eve Moore ©2021
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