The Wabi-sabi Storage Jar

By | 1 March 2017

It’s large enough to lair an animal.
Gravelled, rich-red, its slabs
Roughly rhyme around its opening.
One smooth black lip binds its craggy lip:
Night kisses a mountain.
It is pocked in silver as if
Fire dragged its starlight to the surface:
A crime of green
Found a home here
When flame collided with clay.

In response to Jar. Tsubo. Muromachi Period 15th Century-16th Century Shigaraki, Japan.
Stoneware. National Gallery Victoria.

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