Shape

(on contemplating a silver gilt flagon from Durham Cathedral plate)

I look on the still beauty
of this exquisite plate.
Each twist and twirl of a master’s mind
captured,distilled and wrought
to a flagon shape.

Mesmeric symmetry draws my mind’s
diaspora to a homing place.
I, too, am caught, hushed, stilled and shaped
in a single gaze.