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El Yunque


Once, while visiting the eastern tip of Cuba near the city of Baracoa I decided to leave behind the travel guidebook and walk for hours without any particular goal. After covering most of the bay at a slow pace, my mind finally started to clear and reaching some interesting thoughts.

With the evening drawing near, the coming nightfall triggered my interest to reach the end of the Malecón waterfront and see if there was some sort of vista to watch the sunset from.

After the last set of houses, not far from the remains of an old fort,I found the view portrayed on this picture – El Yunque – a 575-metre-high mountain located 7 km west of Baracoa in Cuba’s Guantanamo Province. It has a table mountain shape that resembles an anvil.

An anvil is a block with a hard surface on which another object is struck and in most cases is used as a forging tool. The higher the inertia of the anvil, the more efficiently it causes the energy of the striking tool to be transferred to the work piece.

I was fascinated by the simple idea, that my existence could be the work piece and the striking tool the challenges life was throwing at me.

I went back home with a couple of good questions in the air, who was the blacksmith and what was the anvil? It was never hard to relate the blacksmith with my own interpretation of the divine or the Creator, but the anvil was another story.

By the way, on a quality anvil the smith’s hammer should rebound with almost as much energy as the smith puts into the downward stroke, ultimately making the smith’s job easier and less physically strenuous.

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