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Ekphrastic Poem - Ancient Glass Vessels (Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion, shelves 4A3 and 4A7)

By Kerry Trautman

decide what each could be used for

sacrificial or mundane

decipher chiseled sketches

angular language tooled not tongued

determine if best filled and with what

or empty agape and waiting

slip one upside down atop another

chipped rims kissing in flinty scritch

if display earthquaked

slide scrape crash

reassemble pictographic pattern

shrapnel glyphs

re-form shape and purpose

for vessels five thousand years

un-lipped un-fingertipped

About Kerry Trautman:

Trautman’s poetry and fiction have appeared in various anthologies and journals, including Slippery Elm, Free State Review, Limp Wrist, Channel Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and Gasconade Review. Kerry's books are: Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press 2012), To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press 2015), Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017), To be Nonchalantly Alive (Kelsay Books 2020), and Marilyn: Self-Portrait, Oil on Canvas (Gutter Snob Books 2022). Her next poetry collection is forthcoming from Roadside Press.


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