Every heart is fragile
Every heart breaks
Every heart mends itself
To break in different place

You have to break your heart
For golden dust to glue
And embellish your scars
For them to shine anew

As hiding is a toil
And you’d grow weary
Of lying to yourself
That you were never teary

And why do you hide?
The story of your strength
That your cracks can tell
Let it show, it mends

There will always be
A yoshimasa for you
Who wants you as you are
Scarred, pale and blue

*Kintsugi or Kintsukuroi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Kintsugi may have originated when Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa sent a damaged Chinese tea bowl back to China for repairs in the late 15th century. When it was returned, repaired with ugly metal staples, it may have prompted Japanese craftsmen to look for a more aesthetic means of repair. Collectors became so enamored with the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.

Kintsugi belongs to the Zen ideal of “Wabi Sabi” which cherishes simplicity, honesty and age. A great proponent of Wabi Sabi, Sen No Rikyu was invited to a dinner where he was given an antique tea jar as a gift from the host, which he completely ignored and continued to stare outside the window. The devastated host broke the jar into pieces, other guests, however, fixed the tea jar with Kintsugi and when Sen No Rikyu came again he said, “Hah! now it looks beautiful”.





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  1. Yusra Gulab Jamman Reply

    “Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.” – Derek Walcott

    Wow, I learnt something new today. I didn’t know there was a technical term for this or a whole cultural history behind this beautiful concept. Thanks for sharing :)

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