With a smooth finish and a deep blue glaze,
the milk pitcher has the word “Doolin” carved onto the bottom edge
It is handcrafted
and cost just five euros.
It is a memento of my first trip to Ireland,
where I sought
shamrocks, rainbows, and a good cup of hot tea.
I make a ceremony of tea
And think of my trip each time I pour the milk.
I bought the piece from a roadside shop
that was vacant but for the pottery,
the price list,
and the tin can in which to leave payment.
© by Susan Mahan.
Used with the author’s permission.