Kintsugi.

I have been considering
kintsugi, and how
we heal ourselves,
we who are no longer whole,
and if we can
be beautiful
and flawed
and flawed
and beautiful.

I have considered
my scars, not golden,
not joyful,
not thoughtful, but
silver pale, glistening,
secret lines,
hidden from view,
and wondering
if I can be beautiful
even though
I can never be
mended, not entirely.

I am broken,
re-made,
broken again,
mended. I am
burnt, cut,
poisoned,
damaged.
I am not
who I was,
and yet I am
still here,
beautiful
and flawed
and flawed
and beautiful.

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28 thoughts on “Kintsugi.

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi
      “Kintsugi (金継ぎ?, きんつぎ, “golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi (金繕い?, きんつくろい, “golden repair”),[1] is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique.[2][3][4] As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.” It came up as a prompt for an online poetry group I write with, and it has kind of stayed in my head.

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  1. p.s. I am working on a new project where I invite poets to read/record other poets’ work and post the links…somewhere, somehow (lol). I would love to record myself reading this, with your gracious permission. 🙂

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  2. So sorry, unexpected visitors last night have made me rather late in responding to your piece. This is a very strong poetry that resonated in me.. A great finish to my reading today and will be back for more – that’s for sure…

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  3. A wistful, contemplative feel to this one. I really enjoyed it – the lines not golden, not joyful, but silvery, wisp-like yet never quite completely mended. It got me thinking and feeling… a lot.

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  4. I think this poem really captured the essence of the kintsugi challenge. Not beautiful but flawed, flawed but beautiful—Beautiful and flawed, flawed and beautiful. That and is so crucial to self-acceptance.

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