Seamus Heaney Poems

Between my finger and my thumb The squat pen rests; snug as a gun. (Digging-Line-1 & 2)

Explain these lines. What has been said here?

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The above quote is a simile comparing a pen with a gun. Both items are held in the same way, both are tools (with completely different purposes), and both can be used to invoke visions of violence.