The Kintsugi Girl

 

Why The Kintsugi Girl?

“There is a crack, a crack, in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
Leonard Cohen

(c) The Kintsugi Girl If you  haven’t already come across this beautiful concept, Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery with precious metals.  Resin, mixed with powdered gold or silver, highlights the cracks. The damage is seen as part of the history of the object – not something to be hidden but something to be celebrated.  The object is considered all the more beautiful for its defects. All the more precious. It should be the same with us. We all have our scars, whether physical or otherwise, our issues and problems, our foibles and flaws. But these are part of us, part of our story. Likewise the world can be a sad, scary place to be. But that makes seeking out the beauty and light even more important.

In my case, my writing and painting, are a way of dealing with a life-changing diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer.  I may at times feel broken, I may be battle-scarred but I am determined not to let the dark cloud of cancer swallow me up.  So I am determined to find beauty in the broken, to up the happy, embrace joy and celebrate life whenever and wherever I can, for as long as I can! This blog, and the tiny poems it is home to, provides a focus for that. It’s all about haikus (and often hospitals) – my life summed up in three lines, 17 syllables….

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You can also see my art at The Kintsugi Girl Gallery

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Image: Wikipedia

Half-Arsed Haiku – Tue 14 June, 2016

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Image courtesy of VictorianLady via Pixabay

Since my cancer diagnosis, I  no longer save things ‘for best’ or for ‘rainy days’. I wear my favourite frocks whenever I can, scuff up my nicest shoes. I don’t worry about writing in lovely notebooks that I kept blank for years, afraid to spoil. I use those posh cosmetics and toiletries rather than hiding them away in drawers. I don’t worry about waiting for special occasions to use my ‘good’ glasses or crockery… They may break, so what, it is, after all, just ‘stuff’. I have an informal bucket (or fuckit list as I like to call it) with things I want to do, places I want to see – from the small and insignificant and ordinary to the big, blue sky once-in-a-lifetime deals. The small things are still important though. I try to do things now, while I can, when I can, when chemo allows. Because what if you hold off on using or doing the things you love, waiting for the right time and the right time never comes or it comes and you are in no fit state to make the most of it? What then? Life is too short and too precious. What are you waiting for?!! Live in the present, live in the now…

On Not Saving The Best Till Last:

use these things you keep
‘for best’. For when are you both
at yours if not now