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Lay for the Day
6th March


In the United States, today is apparently Stoneware Pottery Appreciation Day.
I don’t know who ordained it, but I’m glad to help celebrate it.
From the book of Praises:


21. Of the Well-Made Pot

Than which nothing more precisely
adumbrates the hand
in all its shapely
digital melody,

for here are the pressure of heel
and guidance of palm,
pinch of opposed palps
with the dint of knuckle

that the whirled retentive clay holds,
turned to stone by flame,
in fluent sequence,
till like a hand itself

it winds the light around itself,
flexing foot, neck and
shoulder in thin air,
makes space dance to its tune.

John Gibbens
from Collected Poems

 

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