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    Kintsugi by Natsuyo Watanabe: a gold-plated repair in a grey ceramic dish

    Cloth and Cup

    Luci Shaw

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    Sometimes a life seems to be
    working so well. And then
    something tears, and even
    though mended, wearable,
    is flawed, a scar in the cloth.

    Then there’s the cup with
    the stained crack. Your favorite.
    Unique, a tender blue, hand-made on
    a wheel that soon enough slowed to a finish.

    Fired forty years ago, it still
    works. Every day you pour water on
    the teabag, careful to avoid
    a scalding spill, adding honey.

    As you drink, (a chip in the rounded
    edge against your lip), you ponder
    your fondness for it. Like you, it’s
    a survivor, flawed but familiar.

    The wheel is still there, gathering dust.

     

    Kintsugi by Natsuyo Watanabe: a gold-plated repair in a grey ceramic dish

    Kintsugi by Natsuyo Watanabe Image used by permission of Natsuyo Watanabe

    Contributed By Luci Shaw Luci Shaw

    Luci Shaw is the author of eleven volumes of poetry, and is poetry editor and contributing editor of Radix, and poetry and fiction editor of Crux.

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