Commanded

Its glaze is gradual, from blue to green,
with none of its fired brown clay visible,”
he would have written in his journal
if he’d remembered to bring it along.

He attempted to focus his attention
on some of the other antiquities
exhibited there for his perusal
on the shop’s display case glass.

But the crucible, which might have held
an emperor’s ashes ages and ages ago
—or might someday hold his own—
refused to relinquish its command.

Its perfectly ancient sheen, reflecting and
amplifying the shopwindow’s meager
almost-evening sunlight, called  out:
Choose me. Choose me. Choose me.

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12 thoughts on “Commanded

  1. There was a time when too many things called out “choose me”, and I had a house full of antiques that gave me unending pleasure. When I sold my home, I sold them (all for more than I’d paid 20 or so years before, I might add). At my advanced age, I’ve come to realize there are no pockets in caskets!

  2. I like the idea ‘the crucible, which might have held
    an emperor’s ashes ages and ages ago
    —or might someday hold his own’
    That living link to history, the connection with past civilizations, is what attracts me to archaeology and antiquities.

  3. I love the way speculation as to how the character would have described the crucible, with its gradual glaze ‘from blue to green, with none of its fired brown clay visible’ (I wonder why he forgot his journal.) and what it might have held. It’s such a long time since I was spellbound by an antique. My favourite lines:
    ‘Its perfectly ancient sheen, reflecting and
    amplifying the shopwindow’s meager
    almost-evening sunlight, called out’.

  4. Love this especially; “Its perfectly ancient sheen, reflecting and
    amplifying,”.. it portrays beautifully the magic that the object possesses! 💝 And yes, I do believe certain objects beckon us to come closer 🙂

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