Today I took part in RBGE’s special activity day at Logan ‘The Science of Wood’ alongside ceramicist Lorna Fraser’s Big Craft Give-Away. Under yet more of Logan’s apparently permanent sunshine, I made leaves in porcelain with a group of captivated children and passing adults. The porcelain is smooth and cool, you roll it flat, then press designs into it. Ferns, spores, seedheads, stalks, we pressed ’em all.
I kept stopping to scribble notes and ask questions, then scribble again. Drums sounded from the walled garden. Bamboo groves rustled.
I worked with the group for a while, turning out incredibly pleasing small objects, then settled down to write them a poem while they worked. Which we shared.
A silence falls. Their heads are bent
as fingers follow eyes
and patterns spring to sappy life
on desert white.
The palm trees clap
up there like wings.