“porcelain” and “china” are not the same thing

china is softer than porcelain, can be cut with a file

and while china is opaque, porcelain is always translucent


I think these facts in someone else’s bathroom

this party is not the right place to talk about

how women have been making fragile things for centuries

and how most of their handiwork never reaches museums


and the party is loud

and porcelain shrinks during the firing process


and maybe if I was made of water and clay

I would stop trying to shatter myself

knowing my weakness was almost

fragile enough to be beautiful


I read that when under compression,

porcelain is nearly as strong as steel

but it is not resistant to impact

so a good grip is highly recommended


standing at the stranger’s sink

I hand paint myself like porcelain

outside, the party is loud with hands

that do not know how to be gentle




Maddie Godfrey is a Perth-bred poet currently moving between London and Western Australia. At age 21, Maddie has been internationally published and performed at prestigious venues such as the the Sydney Opera House, the Bowery Poetry Club and the Royal Albert Hall. She is not a morning person.

Maddie can be contacted at www.facebook.com/maddiegodfreypoet

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