Potter’s Wheel


I saw you straight away
although you had to point yourself out
to the avid collector recalling years

you were always on my horizon love
like a maker’s relief embossed on an urn
the artisan ownership engraved

by an apprentice’s hand

how beauty is marked
by the young’s flensing hope
cut down to the bone of broken despair

then braised for dyes to hold shape
in the overlay finish of earthenware

did I tell you I am unfinished and cracked
yet the enamel evokes a chrysalis
no matter how you hold it up to look





First published in Contour the Love Edition, Worcestershire Poet Laureate Magazine.
‘Unstill Mosaics – The Book of Love, Loss, and Longing’ Busybird 2019.
Photo: Luke Tscharke ‘Waratah at the Ampitheatre’ Kunayi/Mt Wellington Tasmania.



2 thoughts on “Potter’s Wheel

  1. Lovely James – the idea of pottery/love. And each piece unique. Virginia Dr Virginia Lowe Create a Kids’ Book createakidsbook.com.au PO Box 2, Ormond Victoria 3204 ph: 03 9578 5689 mob: 0400 488 100 Stories, Pictures and Reality: Two children tell (Routledge 2007) Lines Between Virginia and John Lowe (Melbourne Poets Union 2018) Description: Description: Lines Between front cover


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