The Welding HelmetThe view from inside a welding helmet is darkness. It’s disconcerting at first. Yet when you begin your work, you see light, a concentration of light as you join metal to metal. The helmet cancels out all else, so you don’t see a workbench, the walls, the floor, the sparks landing on your arms. All you see is concentration of light and a small molten river, like a lava flow, that you direct where to go. The world and its distractions fall away. You learn to let them go. It’s you, and metal, and light.

Though solitary, welding is joining together, fusing, bonding. When welding, what starts in darkness is made strong in light.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdomand is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. To learn more about her current writing projects, or for ways to donate toward their completion, see