Shaping – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“You have to be in tune with the clay and react to what state it’s in to work with it.” John Shepperd


He hewed the clay
and mellowed it with a little sand,
his wet hands moulding, teasing,
seeking its soft tone, rolling,
pinching, shaping every delicate
coil to a vase that blossomed before 
him with a purposed strength 
most useful in its vulnerable void 
awaiting colour.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under art, awareness, challenge, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

30 responses to “Shaping – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Love the physicality of this, Paul. I have known this moment – when a window opens – and material bends to will.

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  2. This brings back fond memories of my late brother, who was an artist in clay.

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  3. Sometimes one is feeling like clay. Hopefully one does not make a Golum out of it. 😉 But if its necessary … Thank you for sharing this thoughtful poem, Paul! Have a beautiful day! Michael

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  4. love this and hoping for the flowers to bloom as we stay strong hoping for a new vessle of support!!! ❤️ Cindy

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  5. I love this creation poem! It could be a metaphor for so many things, and the reader gets to choose.

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  6. Paul. there is something so satisfying in creating something with your own hands! From concept to something tangible! Beautiful poem! Lovely photo. ❤

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  7. I do a little painting and cooking. Your post reminded me of a bowl I made in high school art class from clay I dug up in a cave. I painted it in a paisley design. I always planned to take a pottery class but never did. I did study drawing and painting.

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  10. Charis Counselling

    This rekindles memories of seeing this at our kitchen table which now adorn our side board with such beauty


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