clay cups (20161004)

how easy to alter shape
a little augmentation here
a little amputation there
slick fingers
smoothing rough hills
filling crevices
made uniform

yet

passing
through the fire
it shrinks
it cracks
it weeps
the moisture boils out
like a microwaved potato

if you’re lucky
it’s not trash
you may be left with
a vessel
that can be filled

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