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Oval Plate 5
10.5" x 6" approximately
Little lichens from the forest come upon you.
You come upon them.
they vibrate as the fall approaches
and the vegetation disappears.
You want to lick the rock they inhabit.
But rather you lick the plate
when you are done with dinner,
done with dessert.
You run your finger
around the edge of the cup
at the end of your coffee.
You have no reservation
as you skim the surface.
Dirt is not in the mix.
You do not hesitate.
Your food loves the plate.
Your eyes love the dish.
Your roommate loves the cup.
Your brother loves the big cup.
Your everything loves everything.
Betty Roytburd has made ceramics
which love you
and you love.
A large oval platter for serving: kale, fish, carrots, cookies.
A small round plate for serving: pickles, avocado, ume.
A long cup for drinking: espresso.
A big cup for drinking: hojicha, apple cider, cold tea.
A round plate for eating: sandwiches, salad, omelette.
A tiny shot-glass cup for boozing: Poire William, O.P. Anderson, el Jimador.
An oval plate for admiring: cantaloupe, boned eel, cheese crackers.
A tiny round plate for serving: soy sauce, mustard, horseradish.
A little container with cap for: salt, kuro shichimi, sansho.