Kintsugi soul

Made whole
these are not the scars of damage
but the rejoice of healing,
golden veins of repair –
the signature of God exposed.

Changed yet unchanged
the past is celebrated,
history revealed,
identity retained.

The beauty of the broken –
more valuable in restoration,
more beautiful
for being broken

*Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery
by filling the cracks with amalgam mixed with powdered gold.

Kintsugi is translated as “golden joinery.”

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About Keith Wallis

Keith Wallis Keith Wallis is an English poet. He is a senior part of the leadership team of Houghton Regis Baptist church. An engineering designer by trade he brings a eye for detail as well as faith into his poetry. He is currently ‘poet in residence’ at Ruby e-zine and a moderator at His blog of ekphrastic* poetry is: where you’ll also find links to his books and his other blogs. Married to Val in 1970 he has two sons and three grandsons. The eldest grandson is disabled and cannot communicate verbally. Val is a literacy teacher and occasionally despairs of her husbands rebellious use of punctuation. Though not an ‘academic’ (school was a disaster) he was always fond of writing. He began submitting work for publication in the 1980’s after being encouraged by David R Morgan at that time the local community writer in residence. A number of small press magazines and anthologies took the work (poetry and graphics). Four small booklets were published over the following few years, three published by Stride Publications and one by Sol Publications. Joining in 2005 (and subsequently becoming a moderator) re-energised his writing. Recently work has published by: RootsWorship, EveryDayPoets, PoetryMonthly International, Word Catalyst Magazine, The Cypress Times, Christian Poet's Pen, Perpetual Magazine, Bewildering Stories, FaithFilledFamily magazine and Ruby magazine. Recent books : 'in moments like these': 'a River of Small Stones': 'by still waters' : 'a River of Small Stones ii': *ekphrastic means using one form of art to inform another – Keith uses his own photography as that base on this blog.

8 thoughts on “Kintsugi soul

  1. Sarala Ramkamal

    This exceptionally poem gives so much hope … the last stanza , I want to sing along … beauty, mere beauty !

  2. Sarala Ramkamal

    This exceptionally beautiful poem gives so much hope … the last stanza , I want to sing along … beauty, mere beauty !

  3. shamsher

    An engaging execution pertaining or relating to faith , hope ,healing and other virtues . A great poem by the author.


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