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But how long is deep?
soon will always become when–
stone wind and rain light.

The earth follows, listening–
root and seed walking on air.

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Suzanne at “On the Road” asked us to think about the concept of Wabi Sabi.  She quotes Andrew Juniper: ” Wabi-sabi is an intuitive appreciation of a transient beauty in the physical world that reflects the irreversible flow of life in the spiritual world.”, noting how important this idea is to writing haiku.

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The art came from some work I was doing on wet rice paper that bled through;  I had put it on a piece of watercolor paper to keep it from tearing.  After it dried and I lifted it off, I found that the impression underneath made an interesting shape, and I added a bit more paint on top to intensify the color.

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And then I went to see what the Oracle had to say about it all.


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28 responses to “Edges”

  1. Janice says :

    Amazing poem response to the art and wabi sabi…(I like that quote ‘transient beauty…that reflects the irreversible flow…)

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  2. alongtheinterstice says :

    the two work together so well, what the earth listenting looks like. how long is deep is, i think, not for us to understand.

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  3. Jodi says :

    Wabi sabi indeeeed!

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  4. Lynz Real Cooking says :

    This is mesmerizing. Gorgeous art and words.

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  5. Evelyn Flint says :

    Stunningly beautiful work – the colours are gorgeous and I love how they’ve bled together….

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  6. Olga says :

    Serendipity in bleeding art and poetic revelation. “Soon will always become when.” Many fine moments in your poetry, Kerfe. ❤

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  7. Betty Hayes Albright says :

    So much beauty in this post (again!) – both the words and the art.
    I love the explanation of Wabi Sabi – had never heard that before. Thank you!

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  8. tayoulevy says :

    Reblogged this on Tayoulevy’s Weblog and commented:
    Another fantastic combinaion


  9. Suzanne says :

    The words and images work really well together. Somehow the overall impression is one of wabi sabi. I found it they really worked on my mood. You really succeeded in nailing this challenge. Thank you for linking to On the Road.
    Your painting intrigues me. I like the process you have used.

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  10. Sunshine Jansen says :

    I really see in this the other quote on Suzanne’s post, by Tadao Ando: “Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.” I’ve always loved the concept, but I think it is often too broadly interpreted outside Japan as simply “the beauty of imperfection”; you have definitely internalized the more complex spirit of the term (and so, clearly, has she)!

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