The Painting of Pots
She paints her pot a vibrant purple and blue
freely, yet tempered
A Rothco from the fabric of Africa.
Today was a storm in a teapot.
The husband she cares for
once a tv and radio mechanic,
can no longer put the tv on.
It's a big patience
indicating Kahn's fancy china cup
If he says teapot
and she says teacup
the problems start.
So now she says teapot.
hot from Sierra Leone,
used an afro wig, platforms and flares
and met him through her brother,
who didn't like the idea,
them both coming from different backgrounds.
But who listens to their brother?
The days of autocratic men are quickly going,
says the man from Grenada,
Round the table the women laugh.
She calmly paints,
precise strokes that allow the pattern to emerge,
a blue eye leaps from the royal purple
like a spot on the surface of Jupiter.
It's a big patience.