At first I threw my back into it,
bracing all my joints,
concentrating all my focus
on the stubborn clay beneath my palms.
And for a while it was a true battle.
The unruly tug and jerk of the clay
pitted against my steady pressure.
But slowly, as if lured by the electric hum,
spun so smoothly that I could not tell
the world was not still.
Now I coaxed and urged,
gentler, since we both spoke
the unspoken rhythm of the wheel.
The soft clay feeble and forceful
like the muscles of a heart,
a heart whose 200 rpm throb
sped faster than any human's.