The Potter (revised)

(picture from internet)

The Potter

He sat at his wheel
Churning earthenware
multi hued shapely
magic at work
animating clay

Total dedication
paled rest
Creative immersion
rendered him deaf
mute recluse

Potter, demigod
Whirled inert clay
constantly, molding
lifelike figures
dexterously

Fame ignition
fuelled business rocket
Demand outstripped
Supply, enslaving
Potter

Boutique turned store
Commerce ate creativity
demand flood, forced sale of
others’ pottery, his gift like
Betrayed lover, fled

Midas touched figurines
became vapid, inert,
contrite potter wept
Prosperity tasted
sawdust
Price was too dear

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“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
-John Ruskin

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