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God took a pottery class
and could have spun perfect
pots from the store-bought
clay the instructor found half
off with an expired coupon.
He could have thrown slender
vases on a rickety wheel
or molded leather-hard discards
into elegant tea cups.
The glaze on his biscuits
unblistered; His earthenware
free of crackle; no shivering
to be found on His mugs.

God took a pottery class
and made sure every piece was flawed,

and called them perfect.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

- Isaiah, 64:8

Part of my God does ordinary things series.

Greenware is an unfired piece; still very soft and malleable and subject to shaping.
Leather-hard refers to clay that is mostly dry; it's barely pliable at this stage.
Biscuits are not pliable at all; a biscuit is a piece that has been through the kiln once.
Shivering is what happens when a small sliver of glaze breaks off, often around the rim of something, particularly something practical that gets a lot of use like a cup.
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sceneecupcake Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
This made me smile, and tear up. Your series God Does Ordinary Things is lovely. 
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart:
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L33tInMyOwnWay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i've learned more about God in these poems than i have in 10 years of church sermons
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Now that's a compliment :)
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L33tInMyOwnWay Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cause it deserves it!
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   General Artist
thank you for the vocab lesson, lauren love :giggle:
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Of course :la:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014   General Artist
:iconlaloveplz:
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LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I love this one. I really, really love it. That's the perfect ending.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this one. Really I love all of your "God does ordinary things" series, but this one might be my favorite. You just have the perfect ending here.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm surprised by how well this one has gone over; I thought it was touching on cliche :XD:
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haphazardmelody Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I mean I guess it is very close to cliche, but it's still really good. Cliche isn't bad when it's done well, you know?
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facetspera Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the imagery. You can't have real love without the ability to say no; God could've created perfect automatons, but that would've been less than human and that's not what He wanted (according to the Judeo-Christian tradition, of course, to which I assume you're referring to since you used Isaiah in your description).

Thanks for the opportunity to read your work.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I wasn't really thinking about the choice angle, but I like your take :nod: Thank you!
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ShermanSquiggly Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for this <3 I love pottery and I've often celebrated the imperfections that give pottery character, but I never could have worded it as nicely as you have and I adore the comparison Love 
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I hated taking pottery in school, but I'm glad to have managed to put that class to use somehow years later anyway :XD:
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ShermanSquiggly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014   General Artist
Haha yeah, I'm super lucky and I have a studio I go to outside of school. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it's always been a place to let myself go creatively, which I don't really get the chance to do at school :P So your poem really rings true for me :)
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in my weekly dA love for everyone! article.
Have a nice day! :dalove:
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :la:
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Lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure! :heart:
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
EEEp. I love this. Very much.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks :D
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lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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ReiReiSerenade Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautifully written and a very original concept! :clap: :heart:
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :D
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muscularteeth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
this is gorgeous.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
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ghostinafog Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
very true. 
i love the concept of god doing ordinary things; there are just so many ways you can develop this idea.
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I have fun with my little series :D
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BlueLionEyes Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, love the line "God took a pottery class". It drew me in! :)
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely wonderful, and so very true. I... I might have teared up a bit. :D
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy tears I hope :lol:
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brietta-a-m-f Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maaaaaaybe! Seriously though, this is excellent work. I love your poetry.
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
I love these, and I think this might be my favourite one. I love how you included the Bible passage in there, too. :)
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SilverInkblot Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I try to include a relevant verse when I can; ancient or not, there are plenty of scriptures that still ring true today :)
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DNA-The-Authoress Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Agreed. 
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