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Heart and Hand

A new poem written in response to a conversation about autonomy at the end of life with Dr Ben Colburn, and a reflection on a potter.

You create

a real

and whole

object from your hand

In total

it stands

made by you

Autonomous and true

and near to me

His heart is the place


Touching a cold surface

he shapes it round in his hand


Now ash

now down

now down and under

His objects stay

and his light remains

Never ash

never down and under

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