We need to churn out fewer words,
we need to burn out fewer lamps,
we need to fashion fewer things,
but those, of perfect elegance:
a shallow bowl with turned-out rim,
just like a pale and slender hand;
a silver ring with single stone,
as if the sky and moon descend.
Christina Egan © 2013
Roman bowl. Photograph from the
website of the Museum of London.
See also my musings on the little
Mesopotamian jar, Glazed Clay.
Assyrian jar, glazed pottery. Photograph:
© The Trustees of the British Museum.