TO BE OF USE
by Marge Piercy
The work of the world is common as mud.
Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
But the thing worth doing well done
has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
Greek amphoras for wine or oil,
Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums
but you know they were made to be used.
The pitcher cries for water to carry
and a person for work that is real.
(the rest of the poem is here)
The round up this week is at Tabatha A. Yeatts.
photo from the Flickr Commons