Oh, painter of this animistic bowl,
What inspired you to reveal this creature?
Did you read someone’s soul
or was Mother Earth your artistic teacher?
Who is that scorpion emerging
untangling from a serpent and a fish?
And who is the lizard with tiny eyes spying
or the rabbit poised on a dish?
The creature’s eyes brighten
stirred by the beat of the drum
and its tiny sinews tighten
as the shaking dancers come.
Later, the bowl is filled with food
from the bountiful hunt and harvest
and creatures of the pottery brood
while the dancers feast and rest.
There is no beginning and no end -
the Earth is alive forever.
The scorpion in the bowl and in the sand -
they and we all live together.
(c) 2019 Larry Kilham