Posted by: Irene Fridsma | November 30, 2010

Mug Shots

Mug Shots

coffee mugs keep watch over the goings on
in her studio as they line up
to have their portraits painted

empty cups of great beauty
too fragile for mundane uses
fit into the still life arrangement
she organizes on the satin coverlet
along with her vintage atomizers
and single yellow rose

a steamy cup of coffee
rests near the tabouret
that holds her painting supplies
her favorite mug filled with freshly brewed arabica
exudes sweet aroma from the tropics

she purchased it on a special camping vacation
with one of her daughters
it warms her hands and heart
and helps her think clearly

some utilitarian vessels
double as brush holders
she notes their chipped exteriors
marred by use and stains
etched on the interiors

the hand-modeled clay bodies
fired for strength
have colorful glazes
forever sealing
the sculptor’s fingerprints
embossing them
into sides and edges

from time to time she cradles them with care
remembering their origins
and how she came to love
having them around her

she has a thing for coffee mugs
she won’t deny it

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