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Kintsukuroi | Astra

A photo of a piece of Kintsukuroi with a blue background.  There is text overlayed at the top that reads Kintsukuroi (s): "to repair with gold"; the Japanese art of repairing pottery with gold or silver lacquer' Across the rest of the document there is a poem by Astra that reads: ''We are all made / Out of starshine and clay-- /Here on this Earth / But still connected to the stars; / Lost in our thoughts / And forgetting our hearts // Here on this bridge / Between Darkness and Light, / My one hand holding tight / To dreams that will never come true, / The other hand holding onto New Life-- / Freedom that I am terrified / To embrace, / Heart cracking wide open / In the process / And in that cracking / I am creating something new. // Won't you celebrate with me / What I have shaped / Into a kind of life? / Heartache into Strength / Trauma into lessons learned / So that I never repeat these cycles / Again / Never break this heart again; / These cracks repaired with gold. // Here on this bridge / What did I see? / What did I see in the waves below, / Reflected back in my tears? // To be anything / Anything / Except for myself / Will surely kill me / Where everything else has failed. // Here on this bridge / Hands over my heart / My one hand holding tight / To my other / I am choosing. / I am releasing. / I am remembering / Myself // "The wound is the place where / the light enters you." / And I am moving back / towards that Light. / I am a child / Of starshine and clay. / Stronger now. / And more beautiful / Where I once was broken.'

If a line or phrase resonates with you,

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This poem was included in IPM's October 2023 Newsletter.

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