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July 22, 2010 Clementina

Vessels relating to the poem ‘Survival’ by Kobus Moolman

These are some of my fun ‘teacup-and -saucer-in-one’ pieces.

Back in the swing of things…an exhibition opening tonight at
The William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley called David Walters and Friends. The ceramists on this group show were invited to do two somewhat disparate things – one, make a world cup and saucer(hence mine here) and the other to make some work inspired by the poetry of Kobus Moolman‘s anthology ‘After the Light’.

The poem that moved me…


We who accept survival as our password

accept incompleteness as our blessing.

We who dress in blindness and in faith

do not know the colour of our palms

nor the weight of our feet upon the water.

We who have dust in our mouths all day

have stones on our tongues instead of songs.

We who quench fire with fire all night

know that wings are not the only ladders

to the dark, that heavy wood swims too

in the tide of the wind.

We who accept survival

accept survival as our curse.



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