Small stone 1-5-12

My red pot calls out to me

the way it did in the master’s studio all those years ago.

I am important, it says, and I deserve a space all my own.

Red, not usually my color.

But this is candy-apple red, and I want to bite the fat part.

It’s an uneven red, prickly with flecks of black

in the glaze that cascaded down the sides

in the pours before the fire.

The adobe clay along the bottom — the lie! — peers out from along the edges of the folds of molten glass

where smooth meets rough.

I don’t have a special spot for it.

My red pot will just have to speak for itself.

Ben Owen III, Seagrove, N.C., 1994

One response to “Small stone 1-5-12

  1. Matthew Waugh

    I also LOVE this pot – just not so eloquently!

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