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Poem: Deb Smith's one of the most joyous women

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Posted on January 30, 2015 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



Deb Smith's one of the most joyous women

I know, painting a living room, retouching

a guest bathroom. Or sitting by her potter’s

wheel, spinning that round table, her hands

 

urging the clay into a bowl or a funereal urn.

I don’t want you to be surprised when I tell you

she’s designed a catalogue in her mind

 

of matching pairs, for pet owners and their dogs

and cats, so they can be stored forever

together, as long as the baked clay lasts.

 

As long as the mixed ashes burn and remember

to burn, under the ground. Or disappear

into the nothing they are. She calls the art

 

of turning a crypt as small as a heart.

Her neighbors say this is Deb’s true contribution

above and below the earth. To be held

 

in her making. To know where to call her

when paint starts chipping, when there’s a whimper

of barking, a faint meowing.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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