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The Potter's wheel
by Lily of Lough Neagh a.k.a C. Dennis-Woosley
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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Through life we make an effort to mold ourselves. Decisions sometimes difficult to make.

 The Potter’s wheel

As the clay sits on the potter’s wheel, you set the wheel in motion

It takes shape as you move your wet hands up and down the solid mass

You try to take care as you make smooth paths some with design

Reflecting yourself in every move of your hands

You do not want to make an error for this is your creation

So you try to take your time moving up and down slowly on the cold clay

There may be a point you change in midstream to alternate the shape

Sitting back you view it, not quite satisfied and begin to remold

For yourself you wish to have perfection in your creation

You want it to stand out before others so they can recognize your talent

But sometimes you slip, and a flaw is formed you hope goes unnoticed

So you try to build a design around your flaw creatively

Carolee Dennis-Woosley
June 5, 2012

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/18/2014
Powerful in meaning expressed through metaphor, Carol. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and best wishes to you,

xo Regis
Reviewed by Gail D (Reader) 1/24/2013
I think we can be our own worst enemy. But it never hurts to improve ourself if we can.

Reviewed by Diane Miller (Reader) 9/13/2012
Excellent comparison to ourselves in life and how we achieve to be greater

Reviewed by Edith Wilde (Reader) 7/22/2012
We make who we are along the way. Perfection can never be found, we just have to do the best we can and not worry about what others think of us. Just being happy ourselves is what counts.

Reviewed by Gert van Weenen (Reader) 6/10/2012
We all try to be perfect, we strive for perfection. And it are just the (little) flaws that make us individuals, unique individuals, interesting individuals.
You show us in a beautiful way the life struggle between perfection and individualism, between what the world wants to see and being unique.

Beautifully done, thank you
Reviewed by jude forese 6/9/2012
good allegory! ... also works well for writing a poem ...
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 6/7/2012
The last line is the crux of innocent art. "Reflecting yourself in every move of your hands" brought to me the image of children fingerpainting....reflecting themselves in every move of their hands. Their uberinnocent art, however, perceives no flaw. Wish we could still be like them. This poem sings of that wish, I feel. Beautiful song ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/7/2012
We are as we are each perfect individuals just with variations.
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 6/7/2012
The great potters wheel rarely shapes us to perfection. Therefore many seek miracle cures and plastic surgery to shape themselves into what they think they should be. Many here throw out a pot a day without caring whether they have trled for perfection.

Reviewed by Mark Huntsman (Reader) 6/6/2012
How wonderful you write on how we try to mold ourselves Lily. I'm with Ed Matlack, Ghost and faults and flaws are life.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/6/2012
The pic reminds me of the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze...who cares about faults or flaws, we all got em' & gotta live with em'...e
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/6/2012
So it is with life! Very nice!!

Love ya!

Reviewed by John Domino 6/6/2012
Well done!
Jesus is the potter and we are the clay.
Reviewed by D. Vegas 6/6/2012
Beautiful comparison between making pottery and wanting perfection,

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/6/2012
Whew! I almost lost myself tripping out on other thoughts as I read this beauty. And beauty it surely is. I absolutely love the ending as you build around the flaw in such a way as to be creative. Love it. Love it. Good touch!
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