Tayve Neese

Banishing the Glassblower

Enough of lips, spinning fire,
perfection from breath,

of vases the length of femurs, bowls
never meant to hold anything weighted.

You have no speckling skin, no scars.
Your surfaces are abalone, stretched

smooth as blades. Where is the crack,
the beveled intimacy of fracture?

Enough of your furnaces’ false sun:
you love what is fragile, beauty

always on the edge of shattering
from your own lung.