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The Potter's Hand: A Poem

Updated on August 20, 2011
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I was created in Your own image,


but I have fallen from what I was created to be,


Was the dream of You and me just a mirage?,


Or is there more than what I can now see?....



Let me be lovingly shaped in Your hands,


Full of wisdom You break and remold me,


Patiently seeking to bring me to better lands,


Where I can be who You created me to be...



Loving, patient, graceful, and kind,


You are making me more than just a visage of You,


When God and daughter collide,


I am transformed into a princess with a heart that's proven true.


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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you! You are literally making my night with your lovely comments! :)

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      Lori Colbo 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Utterly beautiful!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks! :)

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      6 years ago

      Okay; I stand reproved (!), but I hope you find something, anyway. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Right; there are no more interviews. I don't want to work in the bodyart industry, but thanks for the suggestion.

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      6 years ago

      No interviews coming up, then, I suppose. Anyway, don't lose heart, or close off options in your mind; remember the bodyart industry is a growth area (one of the few); you never know if there might be some kind of placement opportunity (maybe at first unpaid, but who knows?) for someone who is sensitive with artistic and aesthetic flair.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      It's going; I'm chasing jobs, but they're not chasing me. lol Thank you...I will continue to search.

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      6 years ago

      PS: how's the job/course hunting going? like they say, keep trucking...

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, sir. :)

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      6 years ago

      'Options open', right?

      Blessings.

    • Ebower profile image
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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      It's going, but I haven't found a job yet, so I haven't been successful yet. lol

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      6 years ago

      Re. the previous comments, hope your job search is going okay. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, shafiqahmed!

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      shafiqahmed 6 years ago

      Great!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for voting! I'm glad you liked it, jami l. pereira! :)

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      jami l. pereira 6 years ago

      Voted up and beautiful , I loved this! :)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      Well, you never know.

      Keep at it! Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, I've tried that many times over the years; cold calling businesses to find out if they're hiring. It's worked sometimes.

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      6 years ago

      Like, keep the phone book handy ... :)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, that's the gist of it. :)

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      6 years ago

      I guess the moral is, just keep on trucking, and keep making inquiries.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the ideas. You're right, but how do you know? lol

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      6 years ago

      Re-reading, I rambled and repeated myself a bit; oops :)

      Have a great day. Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, like you say, keeping an open mind is important. Someone in your immediate situation might be well advised to pursue, maybe via family contacts, whether a teacher known to the family or local church would be prepared to have you sit in informally in classes for a few days. Or make a point before going to bed of looking at the phone book for the numbers of local parlors, and jotting them down, ostensible to 'phoning very soon to ask what their opening hours are and then when you go, be able to say, I'm the person you spoke with, I'm interested in this and this, and eventually the opportunity to watch the work might arise. Or a business owner from a local church might be willing to have someone do clerical work, at first, free of charge, but who knows what, later?

      Like you say, an open mind is essential. (Believe me; I know :) ). Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      This is true. At least I'll be doing something worthwhile with my time.

      Good point; I have to keep an open mind.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, well volunteering, like you are doing, or managing to sit in on a professional with skills while s/he works can always be profitable and might lead to one thing or another eventually, whether or not it might be your first choice. Like, a teacher might let someone sit in as an initially unpaid observer/teaching assistant. Or a parlor might not be taking formal apprenticeships but might be willing to have an interested client become a regular observer in the artistic/tattoo process, so you can learn more. Or sometimes unpaid clerical/administrative work can lead to something paid later (although with your creative flair this might not be your first choice, either.)

      The main thing, apart from praying, is not to close your mind to these various types of options, I reckon.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not sure what avenue to take. I think that's the problem. Also, the lack of money does not lend itself for me to pursue another or more advanced degree.

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      6 years ago

      PS: Seems to me that, whatever you eventually do, you could be exercising a rather skilled role, whether writing articles for high quality fashion magazines (in which case you would need to hone your journalistic skills and experience first) or teach English and communicate a feel for words (in which case you would probably need some kind of teaching diploma) or learn to paint and maybe even write about what you paint, too (in which case you would need to take a course in drawing and painting and then persist in practice, practice, practice!) or even learn a related skill such as tattooing (in which case you would need to get thoroughly familiar with a parlor and gain the confidence, and apprentice learning time with, an established professional, and learn to apply art skills to the careful use of a needle machine.) Anyway, keep praying; I'm sure you are, but with all your evident talent you do need to get going before too many years go by. (There; my rant is over! lol. Thanks for bearing with me.) Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      YW :)

      You really ought to pursue your /writing/artistic/aesthetic talent, anyway. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the suggestion!

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      6 years ago

      Bryan College has a literature department, which would be quite sympathetic to a Christian 'approach', but I don't know about its fees, or facilities for graduates, either.

      Keep praying.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks! :D

      You are probably right. I got my undergraduate degree from a private Christian college. I probably should have stuck with the Enlish major, but hindsight is 20/20. Public schools are cheaper, so I'll likely go to one instead of a private one.

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      6 years ago

      Anyway, if you don't mind me saying so, this is probably one of your best poems.

      But as far as graduate school is concerned, you may not find much of an emphasis on Christian poetic sentiment unless you go to a specifically Christian college.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'll take that as a compliment. :) This is very true.

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      6 years ago

      YW :)

      You know, it's striking how many of your poems have a kind of doctrinal underpinning from some aspect of Scripture. This is why it's good to meditate in them.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jackie Lynnley: Thanks for voting! :)

      f: Thanks for sharing. I'll have to read it soon.

      DRG Da Real Grinc: Thanks so much!

      blairtracy: I'm you glad you liked it. Thanks! I will do my best to produce more quality poetry hubs. :)

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      blairtracy 6 years ago from Canada

      I truly enjoyed reading your poem. Keep up the great work!

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      6 years ago

      PS, I meant, verse 21 of Romans 9.

      Blessings.

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      Felix J Hernandez 6 years ago from All over the USA

      Lovely.

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      6 years ago

      Just looked up the reference: Romans 9 is a good background verse with the potter theme.

      Blessings.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good, that caught my eye right away. Voted up.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      f: Yes, I have several times over the years. :) Thanks!

      Ruchira: Thanks so much! I've tried it before. It was enjoyable, but a little hard for me. Have fun!

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      6 years ago

      PS:

      'When God and daughter collide': what a memorable line! :)

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      Ruchira 6 years ago from United States

      beautiful poem...gonna keep the above in mind in my next pottery class.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      6 years ago

      YW :)

      You've probably sung the hymn yourself, before now.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, that's a good one. Thanks for voting!

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      6 years ago

      You remind me of Adelaide Pollard, who was a hymn writer; this is what she wrote:

      Have thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!

      Thou art the potter, I am the clay.

      Mold me and make me after thy will,

      while I am waiting, yielded and still.

      (voted beautiful)

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