Saturday, 24 August 2013

THE COBBLER AND THE POTTER

 
The Cobbler and the Potter
 
 
The cobbler's dexterity
And strong fingers
Fashioned tough leather boots for the military,
Thick shoes for fellow artisans
And serviceable footwear for their despairing wives;
 
The potter's ingenuity
And long fingers
Created smooth clay pots for the townsfolk,
Clay pipes for fellow artisans
And collectable table-wear for their aspiring lives...
 
These sons of Limoges fought,
Dressed in leather accessories,
Familiar to the cobbler,
Entrenched in clay and mud,
Familiar to the potter
And these sons of Limoges bought
Death.
Together.
 
The cobbler's carefully crafted right boot
Remained
And contained a ripped limb,
Bloodied, decaying.
 
The potter's beautifully crafted clay crucifix,
Worshipped,
Was gripped in torn hands
Together, praying...
 


 
First World War monument, Limoges, France.


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