Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday: “How Wonderfully Imperfect”-Wabi-Sabi (posted by Victoria Slotto)
The story is told of a young man who went to a renowned Tea-Master to learn the Japanese ritual known as the Way of Tea. The Master, to test him, asked him to begin by cleaning his garden. After doing so to perfection, the student approached a cherry tree and shook a branch so that a few flowers would fall on the cleanly raked sand. The inspired student pleased his teacher and became recognized as one who had a deep understanding of beauty.
Wabi-Sabi is the art of imperfection. It is the recognition that everything real is transient and imperfect. It recognizes the circle of life—that things die, break, disintegrate—and to find therein beauty.
A towering china closet owned a wall in my grandparent’s
living room. Grandma called its inhabitants, tchotchkes.
Creamers, pitchers, sugar bowls, and ceramic figures
were endless sources of fascination to me.
Grandma loved wearing red nail polish, and displaying
her few pieces of jewelry. After she passed away, I inherited
her diamond engagement ring–which I wear every day–
and a little flowered sugar bowl and creamer, with its
fragile handle broken off.
marked with black lightening streaks
a lovely flawed tree