Mac McCreedy smoked briar pipes
and the occasional mild cigar.
His foster grandson thought to create
a new kind of cigar ashtray for Mac.
In the second grade, on Pottery Day
the kids each received a lump of clay.
The boy formed a bowl and notched the edging.
He formed a clay thimble, set in the bowl's middle,
to snuff Mac's cigars by twisting or wedging.
A glossy brown glaze with dragon's blood highlights
the child's first invention, ceramic, age seven.