work of the world is common as mud.
it smears the hands, crumbles to dust.
the thing worth doing well done
a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.
amphoras for wine and oil,
vases that held corn, are put in museums
you know they were made to be used.
pitcher cries for water to carry
a person for work that is real.
- To Be
of Use, Marge Piercy
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