delft adam and eve

She feels
like the forger
of an old
delft plate
who's chipping
its edge
that the pursuit
of perfection
has almost
been lost  
to the near
that something
so brittle
could survive

Tristan Moss

Note: Delft is made from tin-glazed earthenware, which is brittle and vulnerable to chipping. Early examples were mostly utilitarian wares, imitating more fashionable and expensive Chinese imports, but occasionally in the form of a punch bowl, posit pot or charger, with wildlife or Adam and Eve gaily painted on their surface, great art was achieved. A few chips are accepted by collectors, as pieces in perfect condition are extremely rare.

If you have any comments on this poem, Tristan Moss would be pleased to hear from you.