The Soldier and the Potter

Wed, 11/02/2022 - 5:15pm

    For Gleb and Katya 

     Ah, you make a tale of the 21st Century 

    as Ivan tries to obliterate your country 

    some buildings of beauty 

    some buildings pedestrian  

    housing, just ordinary 

    crushed like an old clay jug 

    Wei-Wei the Chinese potter 

    claimed notoriety 

    smashing two ancient ones 

    shocking everyone 

    to his recognition 

    the two of you 

    in the oldest trades  

    warrior, a ceramicist 

    defender and creator 

    when you have driven 

    those obeying orders of the Kremel 

    fall away from unhindered 

    the new thoughts given 

    create a fire in your kiln 

    that works both clay and glaze 

    to an unseen sheen 

    that defends and trys out 

    what you work 

    you will go together 

    to create new life, new work 

    that tells the world 

    that the old invader 

    cannot have Ukraine 


    Kendall Merriam, Home, October 20, 2022 

    Listening to silence.