Hands drenched in the sludge,imaging form of a creation,

the wheel beside spinning and rotating,

waiting to get a heap of accumulated coagulation…

Twirled swiftly by hands of nature,

the clay tries to take an amorphous form,

The gentle,yet rough palms then …

guide and produce a new envision…

A figure of  great craftmanship,

the potter feels overwhelming,

transforming a sludgy mire ..

into an image of paradigm…

the de-airing while kneading removes all the air gaps,

converting it smoothly  to the core,

flooring ,trimming and impressing by tender touch,

an  ideal form is produced,

In the speed of the wheel spinning,

the imperfections get cleared ,

with the skill of the great hands,

artistically the clay transforms  …into  a human figure….





The tempering in the furnace gives proper heating

to the form,

changing the green structure into a permanent forge…

Decorated with intrinsic designs as the intricate emotions inside,

the figure is a perfect prototype…

of a  man being  born on earth,

like a wet sludge of mud,

he grows and begins to  live,

as nurtured of upbringing,

he creates his comfort zone of living…

Stepping in the outside world,

he gets the knock and harsh trembles,

indurating into a confidence self,

to walk on the path destined by the heaven…




23 thoughts on “I AM THE CLAY

  1. SinPSarkar September 26, 2012 / 3:02 pm

    And this time I was right in guessing the theme of the poem just by reading the title! 🙂

    Lovely metaphorically written! 🙂

    • soumyav September 26, 2012 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you! I think I chose the title more obvious one! 🙂 for this poem…

  2. elamany September 26, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    i salute your ideas …. always new and soooo live

    • soumyav September 26, 2012 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks dear! its a feeling and i found out later …there are many works tributing this idea.

      • elamany September 27, 2012 / 2:52 am

        i didnt read any before this one …. thank you for sharing

  3. Personal Concerns September 26, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Soumya….this is plain wonderful…loved every bit of the detailing that the lines do!

    • soumyav September 26, 2012 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks Amit! it is the detailing that makes us humans…not just as beings but as a one person existing.

  4. Sharmishtha Basu September 27, 2012 / 9:54 am

    have you ever tried potter’s wheel? its a magical experience. i wish i could learn it!

    • soumyav September 27, 2012 / 10:06 am

      during childhood,i faintly remember touching and spinning that…nthng more

      • Sharmishtha Basu September 27, 2012 / 10:08 am

        i have once tried it in 2001, the first one got ruined, the second one acquired a shape and the experience was pure magic!

        • soumyav September 27, 2012 / 10:13 am

          thts wonderful ! u could get a shape out of it!

        • Sharmishtha Basu September 27, 2012 / 11:01 am

          thats the part i doubt, whether i made the shape or the wheel did it for me. 🙂

          • soumyav September 27, 2012 / 11:05 am

            🙂 :-)introspection

  5. Footprints In The Sand September 27, 2012 / 10:32 am

    This is beautiful, Soumya! And your attention to details…admirable.
    Yes, have to agree with Sharmishtha – potter’ s wheel really is quite an experience. Especially when the rhythm of it connects to the rhythm of your mind and you end up being on the same wave.

    • soumyav September 27, 2012 / 10:34 am

      Thanks dear! really the spinning of the wheel and creating a shape out of it in a rhythm is very joyous.

  6. drsuraiyanasim September 27, 2012 / 4:33 pm

    How profound……the use of pottery as an imagery to describe the birth of a humanbeing and the workings of Almighty…simply beautiful!

    • soumyav September 27, 2012 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks Suraiya! The process of our evolution is so similar ,as it is HE who moulds us in life with his gracious touch.

      • drsuraiyanasim September 27, 2012 / 4:40 pm

        ….and u have captured it so intelligently! 🙂

  7. Insight September 29, 2012 / 9:21 am

    What makes you unique for me from my other folks over here is your lively IDEAS, Soumyaji! Excellent post as usual.\m/ 🙂


    • soumyav September 29, 2012 / 9:52 am

      Thank you Rahul for considering me so! 🙂 and for your appreciation

      • Insight September 29, 2012 / 9:54 am

        My pleasure, dear! 🙂


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