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#223428 - 05/09/08 04:32 PM That Old Clay pot
Freedom49 Offline

Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 2724
Loc: Washington State
My friend has a gallon sized clay pot that she is fond of.
It is not painted,
It is old and has many holes and cracks in it.
I thought she used it for a door stop.
It is not very heavy and its walls are thin.
It is not good for planting anything in.
It wont hold water of course with all the cracks and holes
When I asked her why she kept the ugly thing around,
She replied it has a special use.
I laughed and said what possible use she could have for that old ruined pot.

I forgot about it for many months.
Then one day I was over having dinner.
There was a storm and the lights went out.
I went to get a flashlight and when I returned,
She was putting that pot on the table.
I watched as she placed a candle in it and lit it.
Soon a beautiful glow filled the room and table with light.
All of the old cracks and holed shown with beautiful designs.
That pot was now a beautiful thing of lights and shadows.
The thin areas of the walls of that pot glowed from the light inside.
It created a beautiful atmosphere for the rest of our time together.

I never forgot that ugly old pot.
I began to think about my life.
I thought of all the holes in my life that never got filled.
The cracks and scars left by the people who treated me so callously.
Gaping wounds in my personality.
Lessons learned at the hands of incompetent teachers.
Leaving me thin and fragile.
Over the years a glow has come into my life.
Others can see it even though I sometimes cannot.
But when that light is lit in me all the imperfections
Apparently take on a different significance and glow that others see.
Hard for me to notice sometimes but when pointed out I am surprised.
And pleased that all of what I see in my life as cracks, holes and very thin skin
Allows the light to guide others.
To help light the darkness in those I come in contact with.
A light of hope seen through the cracks and holes as I share.

I hope and pray I keep and value that light and never let it go out.
Because with out it I could end up another of life's casulities.
I could be just another ugly door stop hardly worth the notice.

Edited by Freedom49 (05/10/08 02:44 AM)

#223451 - 05/09/08 06:46 PM Re: That Old Clay pot [Re: Freedom49]
MemoryVault Offline

Registered: 03/02/07
Posts: 693
Loc: NJ
That's beautiful, Roger.

I was just thinking my armor was feeling a little thin...and wondering why if I'd really want to go through life with thick armor on...guess you answered me! \:\)


#223452 - 05/09/08 06:59 PM Re: That Old Clay pot [Re: MemoryVault]
ineffable Offline

Registered: 02/07/08
Posts: 1371
Loc: state of holeecrapdood
I love this poem
We are the vessels though form & content may change
Thanks for sharing yours with us Roger


:: "Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there" ::

#223453 - 05/09/08 07:00 PM Re: That Old Clay pot *DELETED* [Re: Freedom49]
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Registered: 01/01/08
Posts: 342
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#223491 - 05/09/08 11:54 PM Re: That Old Clay pot [Re: awakening]
roadrunner Offline
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Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 22045
Loc: Carlisle, PA

That's really nice! What a great way of making an important point.

Much love,

Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking my freedom highway.
Nobody living can make me turn back:
This land was made for you and me.
(Woody Guthrie)

#223539 - 05/10/08 12:22 PM Re: That Old Clay pot [Re: roadrunner]
DanM Offline

Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 540
Loc: So. California

I really admire your insight into life. You have a wonderful way with words and do a tremendous job making your point.

Thank you for the wonderful story.


#223544 - 05/10/08 02:05 PM Re: That Old Clay pot [Re: DanM]
EGL Offline
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Registered: 06/19/04
Posts: 7821
A wonderful post, Roger. What a great message for all of us to see, how we can use our past to help others.


#460614 - 02/13/14 09:19 AM Re: That Old Clay pot [Re: Freedom49]
victor-victim Offline

Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6387
Loc: 𝒪 𝒦anada
this has so much joy and beauty and hope woven into it.
despite the damage. thanks for an uplifting read.

i wish to share this with you. it moves me positively, in the same way as your poetry. thanks for sharing.

Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us. We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed.



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