Homage to David Drake, the Potter Poet

by Karen Luke Jackson

Your jars and words traverse centuries
couplets etched in wet clay
hardened by fire as was your life—
a man enslaved who claimed ownership
of his own creations, who never abandoned
his wit or faith. What did your creator
bake into you, what lines, what praise
gave you strength to rise each day,
to turn the wheel, to have your say?

Karen Luke Jackson, author of The View Ever Changing and GRIT, wrote this homage in Eric Steineger’s class after learning about David Drake and watching an award-winning documentary, Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay. Karen resides in a cottage on a goat pasture in Flat Rock, North Carolina. There she writes, gardens, and accompanies people on their spiritual journeys.