How to Throw on the Potters Wheel – A Didactic poem

firstly become centred
feel the moisture
envelope your being
gliding between your fingertips
pulling up squeezing down
slowly gently opening
guiding delicate curves
skillfully pulling upwards
shaping the sturdy foot
caressing the bulging belly
supporting the shoulder
tenderly smoothing ripples

creating a life

Digitally altered Photo

Digitally altered Photo

© Dawn Whitehand 2016

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Prompt from www.napowrimo.net :
“Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill”  …. so my response – my practical skill is throwing on the potters wheel 🙂

Day 17 – A Potter’s Dictionary

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a societal moulding
as if made from clay
fuelled by coal
slowed by a cooling damper
the eternal heat
my life within a kiln
spared by a muffle
a mind in constant reduction
eyes ever glazing
an eternal life of sulphur

Digitally Manipulated Original Conte Drawing

Digitally Manipulated Original Conte Drawing

© Dawn Whitehand 2016

Prompt from www.napowrimo.net … read on for my inspiration!

To find, either on your shelves or online, a specialized dictionary. This could be, for example, a dictionary of nautical terms, or woodworking terms, or geology terms. Anything, really, so long as it’s not a standard dictionary! Now write a poem that incorporates at least ten words from your specialized source.

So, as a ceramic artist I have many ‘potters dictionaries’ at my disposal – and chose this dictionary to find some random terms.

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I randomly opened ten pages and chose a term from each page & then constructed the poem using the chosen word as the last word of each line ….

Dawn Whitehand Poem

Enjoy 🙂