Kintsugi – Honouring imperfection

In this plastic world,
If you tip over and fall,
Shatter to a million pieces,
Can never stand tall,
You are porcelain,
And you will be flawed,
Called imperfect, fragile,
Walked over and clawed,
And then will you end up,
Broken for life,
Your pieces strewn over,
Waiting in strife.

Unless;

You wipe your tears,
Step out in the cold,
Find all your pieces,
And dust them with gold,
Just a piece after piece,
As you’ll piece yourself back,
You fell having nothing,
Now there’s nothing you lack!

Imperfection is real,
Real is beautiful!

82 Comments Add yours

  1. calmkate says:

    What a delightful share … imperfection is absolutely fine … and broken things can be fixed!

    Nice to meet you and welcome to WP 😉

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much!

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      1. calmkate says:

        my pleasure!

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  2. Smitha V says:

    I had written a poem called ‘Cracks’ too but was not aware then of Kintsugi. Thank you for sharing this. Beautiful poem.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much! I am glad I could be of help!

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  3. Awesome poem 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 Keep living! A wise Man once told me a simple statement which literally saved my life from a choice of suicide… from a place of hopelessness I grad a simple flash of light and road that beam to freedom. The statement which is profoundly simple is, “As long as you are Alive; YOU ALWAYS HAVE HOPE” That simple short yet powerful statement pulled me out of darkness and holds me to this day. I hope by me sharing this small part of my story. Foe anyone whoms life seems dark right now hold on to that simple statement and begin to cherish everyday Gifted to you. LIFE is an Eternal Experience… Don’t waste your Time here… Live Love and LEARN

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Beautiful story! I am glad I could be of help!

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      1. Thank you 😊 keep sharing

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  4. Very uplifting and mindful stuff on here, great to read and ponder in these difficult times. Greetings from Scotland.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much!

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  5. ahenda fredrick says:

    I call this ‘Beautiful Mess’
    Nice piece

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you Ahenda!

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  6. Jean-Jacques says:

    So far of late, of they whom have chosen to follow my poetic reflections on my Poetry on a Canapé, the beauty of your creative and singular poetic manner, tops everything I’ve read since memory permits recall. Thus so, apart from subscribing to your blog site, I will respond with a piece of mine also dealing with ‘imperfection’ though coming at it somewhat differently, 15 years ago, to possibly arrive close to where yours rests now…I humbly suggest! Here it is;

    “ Being Perfect ”
    – within ones imperfections –

    There’s perfection
    In my intent,
    And high purpose
    Of objectives,
    Tho often I fail reach
    Dedication I so seek,
    That which heighten
    Held pursuit
    To avoid mediocrity,
    Ever poised to posture
    Over looming insufficiency…

    Thus I struggle
    To construct,
    Words of import
    As meritorious I must,
    Apposed in a fashion
    To inspire interaction,
    Being perfect my resolve,
    Like a more inspired fellow
    May find within ones imperfection!

    written in Grasse,Fr.
    © Jean-Jacques Fournier
    October 10, 2005

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Firstly, thank you so much! It is a great achievement. Secondly, “Being perfect” is enlightening! Love the word choices.

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  7. Beautiful. We are stronger in the broken places. ❤

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much dearest mate! Yes we are strong as long as we don’t surrender!

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  8. Yleniaely says:

    ¡Tu poema es realmente maravilloso, me encanta mucho!!! 😍♥️♥️♥️
    El Kintsugi es sublime y tus preciosas palabras capturaron toda la esencia de este maravillosa arte!!! ❤️
    Tu espléndido poema ha tocado mucho mí corazón, mil gracias por compartirlo!
    Un abrazo muy fuerte lleno de afecto!!! 😘♥️

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    1. Shanyu says:

      muchas gracias Y! Tienes palabras tan maravillosas para hablar. me has elevado Lamento no haber respondido antes. Estuve lejos de WordPress durante los últimos tres días. Muchas gracias. Es una conversación maravillosa. Cuídate. paz y saludos.

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      1. Yleniaely says:

        ¡Muchísimas gracias! 😘 Un abrazo muy fuerte y feliz domingo! 🤗💖

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Feliz Domingo!

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  9. Sang says:

    Nice comparison…Nice words… inspires us to overcome our hurdles in life and be at peace

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much S! Your words are so very appreciated. Thank you. Take care.

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  10. Your beautiful writing made me aware of kintsugi which is close to wabi sabi – to embrace and find beauty in imperfection. I love the idea, from your poem, of gathering the broken pieces from one’s life and dusting them with gold. The way you see the world is beautiful.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Hi Leslie! Actually kintsugi is a subdivision of wabi Sabi which talks about beauty in imperfection. Your kind words have made me smile friend! I’m so glad to have you here and leave this lovely comment. Thank you for everything. Have a fantastic day.

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  11. vintageblack says:

    Què maco. No tinc paraules. Wordless silence from a word blaster can also be great feedback to teleport over, human(e) word master. :)))

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  12. besondersite says:

    This is lovely! I have read about the concept of kintsugi before. Your poem beautifully captures it’s essence 😊

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much P! I’m so glad you like it.

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  13. Durkwa says:

    Wonderful poem.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much mate!

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  14. Absolutely beautiful! I love this.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Ah! Thank you so much friend.

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      1. Blessings! 🙂

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  15. Love this!, and utilize Kintsukuroi of Self in my Tarot practice.

    “You fell having nothing,
    Now there’s nothing you lack.”

    We are all more valuable or having been broken. Instead of being put back together with motion hindering scars, inner golden splendor well up to fill the spaces between the breaks, the areas between tectonic shifts, and we celebrate that our experiences through life bring us more into connection with it.

    Your poem is lovingly exquisite. I feel the gold, silver, and platinum between the lines as they connect the verses.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      My friend,
      Thank you so much for this immensely heart warming comment. You have made my day. Thank you so very much.
      “We are all more valuable or having been broken”. I could not agree more .
      I’m glad you see this as that poetry. Have a fantastic day.

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      1. You’re most welcome, Shanyu. My pleasure. I relish in that you made a post that felt this solid and heartfelt.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        And that was all I could do to make a change with my words. I hope they count.

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      3. They do, and I like multiplication tables, so I think I’ll set up a 9 and an “ x “ to amplify your words. So they count even more.

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      4. Shanyu says:

        I agree and I hope for the same.

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  16. Bravo Shane!!! So beautifully penned ❤️ Cindy👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Cindy! Yay!

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      1. You are so welcome Shanyu! ❤️

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  17. Navin says:

    Oh my….this is a beautiful poem….quite relatable….loving it, S

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I’m loving the response just as well. Thanks.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Navin says:

        You’re welcome, Shanyu

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  18. Yiena says:

    And i’m so in love with this concept dear~ 💖🙈

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    1. Shanyu says:

      And so am I! It’s indeed one of the most beautiful things ever known to man.

      Liked by 1 person

  19. HappySoul says:

    That’s a wonderful thought and I love the poem Shanyu. It’s beautiful

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much my friend. I am so glad you like the poetry.

      Liked by 1 person

  20. That’s absolutely lovely, how you penned it. Imperfection is beautiful indeed. And it’s what makes us, humans, so interesting too.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Yes, imperfection makes us human. Thank you so much for taking the time to write and leaving this beautiful comment. Thank you so much. Have a fantastic day.

      Liked by 1 person

  21. Love this one Shanyu❤
    Imperfection is the most graceful truth✌

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much! It truly is.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much!

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  22. AnuRijo says:

    Hats off for the profound thoughts here..😊👍🏻

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much dear friend! Thank you for making me smile.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. vidhi says:

    Its really encouraging piece…one will surely get energized by reading it💜

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  24. Charlotte W. says:

    Penned beautifully✨✨

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Ah! Thank you so much.

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      1. Charlotte W. says:

        You’re welcome💛

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  25. Charlotte W. says:

    Penned beautifully💛

    Like

  26. Charlotte W. says:

    I’m a small blogger and I just posted my new blog entry! Feel free to check it out 🦋✨

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  27. This is fabulous! I love the philosophy behind kintsugi, that breaking is not ruination but a chance to reinvent through repair. We would indeed do well to apply the same concept to people.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      The comment is equally so! I was instantaneously in love with the philosophy myself. Turns out, scars are something to show and not hide and breaking does not necessarily mean dying. Thanks and G’day.

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  28. Shanyu says:

    Thank you so much mate!

    Like

  29. yassy says:

    I love this. I think I already read it but it revives my spirits again as I read.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much Y! I am so glad you like it.

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      1. yassy says:

        You are so very welcome 🤗

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  30. Such a beautiful poem. It reminds me of Kintsugi, the art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted with gold. It’s a wonderful metaphor for life and honoring the journey. Well done.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dear friend! Kintsugi is one beautiful art form and for all I know, it is what each one of us needs to understand. Thank you so much for your time and support. Thanks.

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  31. Beautiful thoughts. Great move to get your sanity back.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. It sure is.

      Like

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dear friend.

      Like

  32. My dearest Shanyu
    Re reading your poem is a real treat. A world of plastic in which we trip and fall… pieces of us waiting in strife…. WOW. Splendid! Such a profound piece. And then the naked truth:

    You fell having nothing,
    Now there’s nothing you lack!

    Bravo my friend. It’s philosophical, it’s atmospheric, it’s poetry at its best.

    Sending you love and o kiss.
    Yours
    G.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Dearest friend,
      Thank you so very much for this stunning comment. Ian so glad you could see those lines, my favourite ones from the poem.
      Thanks.
      Yes, it is a rather philosophical and simple poem, but I hope it gives the messages I have wanted to give.
      I’m beyond grateful for your words.

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  33. In spite of the sometimes painful subject matter this has a lovely light touch.
    Thank you for following AnElephantCant

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. I appreciate your words. Have a wonderful day.

      Like

  34. Aakanksha says:

    So beautiful!!!!!! 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

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