Friday, 9 May 2014

The Kettle

 So simple in construction –
but who first thought
to fashion that shape,
add spout and handle?

And who before them
found that leaves dropped
into boiling water
blossomed, made tea?
Or that clay transformed
to porcelain? And who
took fire and tamed it?

An untraceable regression –
but one which leads back
from this corner of the kitchen,
through centuries, millennia,
to a moment of discovery
on the margins of
a vast and unmapped plain.

Image: Marina Shiderova; text: Tom Phillips 

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