Treasure Island

F. J. Thomas


The Art In Being Broken


Sliding down endless curves; dripping into forgotten cracks

Gold lines of forgiveness cross with silver lines of growth

Attempting to fill voids; tracing splintered paths

Ruby spots of life fill onyx crevasses of loss

Pearl shards of wisdom fill inexperienced chipped walls

Sculpting a soul complete; melding a spirit whole





Kintsukuroi - the art of repairing pottery with gold or silver
lacquer and understanding that the piece is more beautiful
for having been broken.

Submitted: Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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  • Cheryl Griffith (8/13/2014 5:18:00 PM)

    This is so beautiful the concept as well as the poem. I particularly like the last line Melting a spirit whole it like a play with the idea of the melted substance (lacquer) and the action of making something whole (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (8/18/2014 10:44:00 AM)

    You felt me perfectly Cheryl :) I'm happy you understood it; thank you.

  • Chris Zachariou (8/9/2014 6:08:00 AM)

    Wonderful way to describe the process of recovering from loss and pain. Although I am not sure we ever recover. The feelings may simply lay dormant ready to be reawakened by a word, a sound or a thought when we least expect it. Only having having experienced these feelings before and gone down to the bottom of the pit and come back, some become stronger and some become numb. Either way we can deal with pain easier at least on the surface. Thank you for a lovely poem. (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (8/12/2014 9:28:00 AM)

    It still amazes me that you are actually reading so many of my pieces; I must return the favor when I'm not jumping on and off so quickly. Thank you again Chris

  • Amanda Laurent (7/25/2014 2:01:00 AM)

    It is like being reborn, rising from the ashes, stronger from the experience and with a story to tell. Beautiful. (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (7/25/2014 7:15:00 AM)

    Such a beautiful sentiment; thank you again :) Now if I can just figure how to get them to stop playing random music with my pieces I'd be happy.

  • Ed Nigma (6/30/2014 1:15:00 PM)

    I love this poem. For this is a theme that is spoken about quite frequently in many of my poems. The process you speak of is captivating in its form. If there has ever been an artist that has captured my attention it would be you. Great poem. Allan Gerard~ (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (6/30/2014 7:46:00 PM)

    I'd say flattery gets you nowhere but it's working pretty well right now! Lol. An artist many do not consider me Allan, yet I still consider myself one; thank you

  • Mazhari David (6/30/2014 10:47:00 AM)

    tHank you for sharing the art of Kintsukuroi with us... I have always loved ruins and the beauty enraptured in them... as a persian saying goes: The treasure lies beneath the ruins
    * * (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (6/30/2014 12:53:00 PM)

    ...beneath the ruins indeed ;) Thank you very much David

  • Nalini Chaturvedi (6/25/2014 3:26:00 AM)

    How beautiful...just the right one for me at this time for I am going through so much of breaking up...thanks Ms Thomas (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (6/30/2014 8:25:00 AM)

    I am very happy it spoke to you Nalini; thank you very much

  • Susan Lacovara (6/12/2014 8:27:00 AM)

    Your notes on your poem made it even more beautiful. You have sculpted your write with skilled craftsmanship. PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (6/12/2014 8:27:00 AM)

    Your notes on your poem made it even more beautiful. You have sculpted your write with skilled craftsmanship. PEACE (Report) Reply

    F. J. Thomas (6/12/2014 8:31:00 AM)

    Thanks so much Susan. When I first learned of the process it was such a beautiful concept to me.

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