Saturday, April 12, 2014

Patricia Campbell Carlson: "Vessel"

Each day i’m a little crazier with missing you.
The dog still snores on the couch, her paws
dancing through a dream-lit field. The sun
sets as usual, illuminating the red-frilled edges
of newly emerging wild-rose leaves. The veins
on the backs of my own hands run like ancient
rivers towards the depths of the body. Why
do i feel i need you so much more than these
ordinary beauties, as if heaven slipped up and
poured everything sacred into one single vessel,
leaving me wildly aware of the way clay shatters?

"Vessel" by Patricia Campbell Carlson. Published online by © Patricia Campbell Carlson.

Image credit: Untitled artwork by Cindy Ewing, included in a blog post entitled "Jar of Clay" (originally color).



  1. Beautiful poem. So sad. Thank you!

  2. You're welcome, Laura!

    The image credit ("untitled artwork by unknown artist") goes to Cindy Ewing.

    With thanks for sharing my poem,

    1. Thanks, Patricia, for supplying the art credit, and for writing this beautiful poem. I'll put Cindy's name in the credits right away. Be well!


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