I sometimes write about driving ... or other drivers ... but not today.
The wheel referred to in today's poem is a potter's wheel ... that device on which a glob of clay is tossed, then, with an expert touch as the wheel goes whirling round and round ... that glob gradually becomes a work of art.
It may become something quite fragile, or it may turn out to be a very substantial piece, depending on the imagination ... and skill ... of its creator.
I feel that same process at work when I "toss a glob of words on the wheel" (I always hope it's a somewhat orderly collection of words, even in the beginnings of a poem). Then the revision, the serious shaping and reshaping, begins.
Over time those words take on new shapes, new meanings, sometimes quite fragile, sometimes substantial. Then I let the reader judge ... in light of his or her own experience, for the reader always brings something to the poem.
This one was originally published in Candlelight Poetry Journal:
AT THE WHEEL
I sit watching
rising at the touch
of my fingers,
I shall slide
into the glowing kiln
and, warmed by it,
at what I've made.
Today's word: substantial