Hello everyone and Grace here hosting Haibun Monday.
When you accidentally break a vase or a plate, chances are you throw it away. However, what if you could put it back together and have it look even more beautiful than before?
That is the idea behind kintsugi, the ancient Japanese art of restoring broken ceramic pottery that might otherwise end up in the trash. In Japanese, the word kintsugi means “golden rejoining,” and refers to the Zen philosophy of acknowleding flaws, embracing change, and restoring an object with a newfound beauty. It’s believed by many that this special technique originated in the 15th century when Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu accidentally broke his favorite tea bowl and sent it to China for repairs. When it was returned to him — pieced together with metal staples — he charged his Japanese craftsmen with finding a more aesthetic repair method.
What they developed was the method of kintsugi, which uses lacquer dusted with gold or other metals to repair cracked, chipped, or broken dishes. The results are gorgeous.
The idea behind kintsugi is to highlight — rather than hide — an object’s flaws, making them beautiful instead of unsightly. This is a prominent theme in the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which is all about embracing imperfections and revering authenticity above all.
Traditional kintsugi uses urushi lacquer (derived from the sap of a Chinese lacquer tree) to repair broken pottery. The process involves applying multiple layers of lacquer to the seam using a fine-point paintbrush, letting it dry, removing excess with turpentine oil, then polishing the surface until smooth. The final layer of lacquer is coated in golden dust and then burnished to result in a beautifully repaired object.
Here’s a video:
Our challenge is to write about finding beauty in the broken pieces or imperfection and/or the process of mending the broken pieces. You can write about a “broken” object, cityscape or landscape, or personal experience of mending and embracing imperfections. Please write 1 to 2 tight paragraphs of “prose”, followed by a nature-themed “haiku”.
Being that this is Haibun Monday, please write a haibun based on the prompt, ending with a seasonal haiku. Don’t forget to visit and comment on others poetry, especially to those who have visited you.
What to do after you have written:
- Post your haibun to your blog
- Add a link (direct URL address) of your poem via the ‘Mr Linky’ below
- Add the link for the dVerse posting so others can find their way here
- Read and comment on other people’s work to let them know it’s being read
- Share via your favorite social media platforms
- Most importantly, enjoy yourself!
See you at the poetry trail ~ Grace
Happy haibun Monday everyone! Looking forward to your lovely haibun ~
And for our friends in the USA, a tribute to your brave sons and daughters in this Memorial Day!
Glenn Buttkus said:
Gosh–when I visited your blog earlier, it was suggested that today’s Haibun would be about mothers & grandmothers–but perhaps my poem will still sort of apply.
You can always write another one Glenn if you like.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I think there are many way to mend a motherless boy
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I had no clue what to write about until I checked some photos that I had taken and found a photo that I thought was a perfect fit.
Checking the poems in the trail Bjorn ~
Good evening all! Happy Memorial Day to all our American firiends. it’s Bank Holiday over here, so my husband has had an extra day of, and there’s no choir this week as it is half term, so I thought I’d try to be early – and there are already five haibun to read! I did the same sort of thing as you, Björn! I took some photos of our garden last week and hadn’t looked at them until today as I was ill over the weekend, and I found one that inspired me. I’d better go and read!
Hello Kim! Good to see you early tonight. I will be checking out the poems in a bit ~
Hope your weather is sunny and bright!
It was bright all over the weekend while I was ill in bed, then it rained overnight and has been overcast all day!
I hope you are feeling better ~
Thank you, Grace. The pain isn’t quite so bad but I will have to make an appointment with the doctor.
Happy Haibun Monday everyone and thank you for hosting tonight Grace! :o) I posted a double haibun last week about an artist who created sculptures from fallen trees which I am linking here – I will swing by in a moment to read.
Wow, your photos are amazing ~ I love the artist’s work.
Thank you for your kind words Grace :o)
What a lovely prompt. I’m using the haibuns as a way of journalling my year this year, and it amazes me how well the prompts fit my life – or maybe how well my life fits the prompts. This made me think about a dear friend, and how she has embraced change, and flaws, and made something very beautiful.
Haibun is a great form for journalling one’s life ~ Love the story you shared Sarah~
Glenn Buttkus said:
I think my poem deals with “the mending of broken pieces”–a life-long pursuit for many of us; smile.
Yes, it is, smiles ~
Happy Haibun Monday everyone. And thank you, Grace for hosting and for the wonderful prompt. As I’ve said many times, I learn so much at dVerse and now I know about the art of kintsugi.
We are just returned from the JFK (John F Kennedy) Library/Museum where in addition to celebrating Memorial Day, we are celebrating President Kennedy’s 100th birthday. A record 4500 people visited today – admission was free. We heard a wonderful concert by the US Navy Band — and between each number the director talked about bits and pieces of President Kennedy’s relationship to the Navy and to the Art. It was wonderful.
Shall read a bit today and return in the AM as per my usual.
What a wonderful way to spend Memorial Day Lillian ~ See you at the poetry trail ~
Thanks for hosting, Grace! I posted one about a cup that broke and has since been replaced. It probably should have been repaired.
An old cup is priceless ~Love your story and photo Frank ~
This was my first Haibun attempt! I took the theme as an opportunity to cobble together some lines from previously posted poems into a new one. This was interesting as the new context sometimes changed the intent. Hopefully it reads as a story. The haiku below it is all new.
Welcome to Haibun Monday !!! I will drop by in a bit ~
Hey all. Interesting, Nosa, I thought about how to do that as well, fix a broken poem. Perhaps if I was bilingual I could leverage that…
That would be a different approach ~
Happy Haibun Monday to you too Grace – and thanks for hosting!
My offering took a long time to write and I had to stamp out my politics as they were inappropriate to the post, if nevertheless, being relevant.
I do fear for this world of ours, yet cling on to the dear hope that the dream of love and peace will not be just an imagining…
I hope for that too Anna ~ Thanks for joining us ~
I’ve read 20 of these Kintsugi haibuns so far and I’m impressed by everyone’s ability to bare their emotions and hurts and healing processes. I think it has inspired me to maybe be less obscure and self-sheltering next time I write something.
Thank you for diving into the d’verse community with wide open arms ~
It always start with a bit of a reservation but in time, everyone here get comfortable with sharing their personal journeys ~
so enjoyed reading your introduction and explanation Grace.
Thanks Gina ~ Hope you are having a good day/night ~
Bekkie Sanchez said:
I never heard of this before but it’s lovely! I hope my haibun is right for the prompt it seems like I went another way with it but I haven’t read many other takes yet. I am so happy to make it this week as my life has been taking me other places. Not that I quit writing.
Through the MeetUp app I meet some other poets in my area and went to my first poetry meet with a group of 7 other very interesting people/poets. We can bring our own work or pick other work to read on a topic every 2 weeks. I look forward to the next one. I’ve been wanting to get involved offline, in my area for years and find it funny that it was finally achieved through an Android application on my phone.
I’ll be around to read during the week and hope to be back for another prompt soon. Group hug!
That is so fun – to meet and interact with fellow poets in your area Bekkie ~ Good for you to share your work with them. Who knows, you might do a collaborative poem together ~ Enjoy your week ~
Bekkie Sanchez said:
Thank you, Grace! Sorry so late in getting back. Been spending a lot of time outside lately.