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This is a sonnet I wrote for a friend of mine who is going through a tough personal time right now. It is based on the Japanese art of Kintsugi – repairing broken pottery with gold. It is said to make the pottery stronger and that the broken pieces lined with gold are what makes the item unique and more beautiful.

I have never written poetry before, but inspiration moved through me one night and I had to write this. It is for anyone who is a brave soul going through tough times.


Are we but broken pieces of our minds,
Or can we then find strength within to bind
The fragile shards that somehow fail to fall,
From once forgotten shape of who we are.

Because, no matter what befalls this hell,
We can find courage deep inside the well
Of human spirit, which we do possess,
In spite of all the horrors that transgress.

So we will rise again, renewed once more,
As time and time again we start to soar.
For we are made of stuff that none can break,
And prove the line that none can cross to take

The gold, that lines the cracks, to galvanize
our hearts, our minds, our souls that reunite.

– by Sarah Alford