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Comment 3 of 9, added on January 10th, 2009 at 5:59 PM.

I also sang this in a choir in high school. It expressed my own desires so
clearly that I have never forgotten it and finally had to search it out 10
years later. The symbolism really draws me in, it is powerful.

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Comment 2 of 9, added on June 6th, 2008 at 11:32 AM.

I sang this poem as a choral song at All State Music Camp as a high school
student in Iowa. It became a part of me,and in college I recall walking on
campus on freezing winter nights, singing this song softly to myself, but
really to God, to use me, refine me, and let me be part of something great.
I've sung it many many times. I thank God that I have gotten to do some
pretty cool things in service to Him and He's still with me in a new stage
of my life, 30 years later. I now am planning to do a painting to
illustrate this poem.--I'm excited!

Joni Ellis
Comment 1 of 9, added on April 19th, 2005 at 10:11 PM.

Sandburg, expresses a call to be refined by God, like metal being formed
into something useful... He also cries to be made something useful... Of
course knowing a little about his biography gives more insight into what he
is saying about being a crowbar... but on a basic level- where all people
can relate, it is just as it is- a call to be shaped by God... Just as it
is biblically described as refining... it is an awesome picture of God's
work in our lives, if we surrender to Him, call out to Him... though I
would not ask to be great, God works in our hearts awesome things...

Sophia Carpentor from Ukraine

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Poet: Carl Sandburg
Poem: 2. Prayers of Steel
Volume: Cornhuskers
- Leather Leggings
Year: 1918
Added: Feb 4 2004
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