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into the potter’s ground


starting the kiln
pottery pieces are well-prepared
for animation
after sitting on shelf
defying limitations

potters’ hands
age-old but consistently steady
creating in solitude
rhythmically firing
on all cylinders

stoking the coals
it’s okay to burn your hands
but not your soul
breathing new life
into ancient designs

cycles come and go
whether you’re dead or alive
but as for the potter
she will always win
no matter the season




november two thousand eighteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

Hands of Red Clay


She crafted the hands of red clay
hours of cultivation perfected them
before kiln dried
manicured and baked again

For years the hands rested on shelves
rubbing porcelain figurines and pottery pieces

She adored the hands of red clay
allowed her students to critique
but never handle them
all intrigued by the veins and lifelines
palms and knuckles
nails and cuticle
their uniqueness all but touchable

Some believed the clay was dug
from an ancient Indian burial ground
others convinced their creation was
inspired by her late husband
while a cult following proclaimed
the blood of man flowed inside them

The hands were crafted of red clay
hours of cultivation perfected them
while years of uncertainty
kept them alive



originally penned in 1996
rewritten april two thousand fifteen
copyright j matthew waters
all rights reserved

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