Kintsugi – A Poem on Golden Repair

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Things break, it is their nature
We then throw them away it is our nature
Labeling them as bad rejects
The unlucky get discarded, sad
Broken, they think themselves worthless.

If they knew of the old Japanese tradition of repairing broken pottery, they call it kintsugi.
Mending the break with lacquer mixed with powdered gold, some silver, and platinum
A stronger bond in the broken lines formed, now the jar still useful with enhanced beauty.
Creating a masterpiece of art, revealing beauty in the broken

Sometimes life breaks you, but you can rise stronger.
Pain and negativity help illuminate blessings and love.
Loss and despair replaced with new light and renewed energy.
Challenges, turning to opportunities, weakness becomes strength.
Beauty hides in the broken mended.

We often break in life, that does not mean our usefulness is over. The pain and hurt only shows us our strength and potential. By rising stronger, we create beauty in life like a golden repair.

©2020 Kevin Kinge 

35 thoughts on “Kintsugi – A Poem on Golden Repair

  1. well written. I have read a artical on this. Its fascinating that you have written a poem on this. keep blogging. good day

  2. Yes, I am familiar with and love the concept of Kintsugi. Awesome work beaming the light through the cracks here, Kevin. 💛🔆🙌🙏

  3. This had a nice rhythm to it. My dad talks about the term “kintsugi”. Japanese traditions and philosophies, like “kintsugi” and “ikigai” have a very deep meaning that can only be appreciated by taking time to understand them. This was a great read. Very inspiring.

    1. You are lucky to have such good life principles taught and shared🙂.. I especially like the principle of ikigai. How it shows importance of creating a balance to live a purposeful life branching from the idea that the purpose of life is living, but living a purposeful life. Then there’s kaizen. I think I should write about these two topics🤔
      True, they take time to understand. Lots of meditation and self analysis, diving within and practicing patience.

  4. Oh how beautifully you captured in this poem, symbolic of one of the quotes that come to mind from Rumi ““The wound is the place from where the light enters you”. We may all walk wounded but that is how we grow and our souls become more beautiful 🙂

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