Now and Then
The objects in this case
were taken from a grave:
a pair of ear-rings, gold, simple design;
a bronze mirror, its shine a roughened green
but on the back still, delicately lined,
a leaf-fan on whorled stalks, above the tang
which held it in the handle, doubtless of wood
(no trace of that remained);
two jointed dolls of clay;
likewise of fired clay, half a dozen crocks,
five of them black, prettily formed but plain,
the sixth (small like the others) a masterpiece
of shaping and drawing.
These were lifted from a girl’s grave,
put there by friends, by her parents probably,
to be there always in the dark ground
with the dead child.
Popular name for archaeologist
Not without reason.
Still, might perhaps the master potter-painter
like to have known his handiwork seen,
shown, loved again?