Today's poem is by Chana Bloch

The Joins
        Kintsugi is the Japanese art of mending
        precious pottery with gold.

What's between us
seems flexible as the webbing
between forefinger and thumb.

Seems flexible but isn't;
what's between us
is made of clay

like any cup on the shelf.
It shatters easily. Repair
becomes the task.

We glue the wounded edges
with tentative fingers.
Scar tissue is visible history

and the cup is precious to us
we saved it.

In the art of kintsugi
a potter repairing a broken cup
would sprinkle the resin

with powdered gold.
Sometimes the joins
are so exquisite

they say the potter
may have broken the cup
just so he could mend it.

Copyright © 2015 Chana Bloch All rights reserved
from Swimming in the Rain
Autumn House Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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