Lidded Porcelain Bowl

Lidded Porcelain Bowl (watercolor)

Lidded Porcelain Bowl (watercolor)

Watercolor of a porcelain bowl I had lying around the house. Again, I left in the brush to show scale.

BOWL
By Valerie Martinez

Turn it over and look up
into the sphere of heaven.
The tracery is lucent,
light seeping through to write,
white-ink your face, upturned.

Swing it below
and it’s a cradle of blue water,
the sea, a womb.
A mixing bowl
for Babylonian gods.
Here, they whirl up the cosmos.

Pick it up and your hands
form a pedestal,
and all who drink
contain the arcs
of body and the universe—
and between them,

no imaginable tear or distance.

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A 19th-century romantic poet trying to get by in the 21st-century.
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