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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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