Monday, September 5, 2011

Japanese Bowl


Tea Bowl -- repaired. Lacquer and gold leaf,
Freer Gallery
, Washington, DC. 
Photo by Flickr user ghbrett, Creative Commons license.

I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
That were made long ago
I have some cracks in me
They have been filled with gold


That’s what they used back then
When they had a bowl to mend
It did not hide the cracks
It made them shine instead


So now every old scar shows
From every time I broke
And anyone’s eyes can see
I’m not what I used to be


But in a collector’s mind
All of these jagged lines
Make me more beautiful
And worth a much higher price


I’m like one of those Japanese bowls
I was made long ago
I have some cracks you can see
See how they shine of gold


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