Kintsugi – the Japanese art of mending with beauty

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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About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.
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11 Responses to Kintsugi – the Japanese art of mending with beauty

  1. Iridacea says:

    Very moving. Very beautiful. Thank you

  2. Nan Mykel says:

    The beauty and truthfulness of this takes my breath away. I’d like to reblog. Thank you.

  3. Nan Mykel says:

    Reblogged this on NANMYKEL.COM and commented:
    Incredible.

  4. Heart’struth, strength and indeed beauty.

  5. The beauty is so evident in the words here. The acceptance of flaws. So powerful. Remind me where in the world you are Sarah?

  6. Don’t know how I missed it on my last visit. Very powerful. It’s damp here in Scotland too right now but still beautiful.

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