Sunday, April 26, 2015

NaPoWriMo 2015: Day 25

Kintsugi is the Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with lacquer that is dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Such breakage is treated as part of the history of the object and respected as such, rather than something to be disguised and hidden. The application in life is perhaps not so blindingly obvious, but definitely thought-provoking.

#25: KINTSUGI

Break me like an egg against a bowl
Gold-and-white, spilling like seed
A broken perfume jar leaking fragrance
A halved lemon, bruised skin staining fingers
With the sharp tang of scented oil
For until I have been broken
I am merely a pristine museum piece
Sheltered and coddled
But never fully alive.


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