Practice Perfect, 習うより慣れろ (February, 2月)

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Follow the father, trade passed to me at birth
Now I have hands that are stained with clay of this earth

Secrets are handed down
As the potter's wheel spins round
Moulding each son
Like this pot shaped from clay

"Practice makes perfect" - creed that my father preached
He always added: "Perfection can never be reached"

Every artisan
Geisha, painter, shakuhachi man
Is bound to create
Like this potter's son of clay

Even though I worry about the future
My son shows no interest in the craft
I said, "One day, my boy, a potter you'll be"
He just laughed

His life's games of mahjong, pachinko and bars
Spends all his money on his bleached-blonde girlfriend and cars

BUT such thoughts are winter's cold
Warmed by the kiln's red fire
Fuelled by the heat of my father’s, his father's,
Thousands and thousands
Of pots fired in years gone by

Secrets will be handed down
As the potter's wheel spins round
If not son then daughter
Like a pot shaped from clay


from Setsu | 節, released November 1, 2016
Track art credit: Potter by Alan via Flickr CC BY 2.0




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