21 May

we traded wabi-sabi treasures

i gave her 
a heart shaped piece of sea glass
and purple, and pink, and cobalt blue
and bright yellow goldfinch feathers
from a pile an old owl had left on a wooded path
i walked down one afternoon last fall
she gave me 
aqua sea glass that had been melted in a beach fire 
one night long ago
and swept away into the waves of the next high tide
tossed and turned about
and left all melted and bumpy 
on the shore she was treasure hunting
and a fairy table
and an peach pit washed clean by the sea
once she was my little girl-child

tottering down the path and across the sand

her sweet little hands and tiny fingers

would pick up a pebble or a bit of seashell, or a curvy stick

and stop and turn to me

~look mama, look what I found for you~


diamonds, and rubies, and opals, and pearls

are dust beneath my feet

so I take the peach pit from her grown woman's graceful hands 
and long slender fingers

and I place it on the fairy table in the kitchen window

and every morning see it there 
wabi-sabi glistening 
in the morning sunlight




Wabi-sabi is an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. According to the author, this relatively new term builds on earlier Japanese concepts of sabi (taking pleasure in things that are old, faded, and lonely), and wabi (from the wabi tea room, which was rustic and small).
The author uses a variety of different phrases to describe the idea of wabi-sabi, including:

  • Beauty at the edge of nothingness
  • The aestheticization of poverty
  • Imperfection
  • A beauty of things withered
  • Beauty hidden in the tentative and ephemeral
  • Aesthetic accommodation to the catastrophic realities of the day 
  • definition of wabi-sabi from shades of meaning 


  1. Lovely poetry! And since I love sea glass it is much more beautiful to me!AriadnefromGreece!

  2. Very interesting! Thanks for sharing that.

  3. The simple things in life are so often the best moments.

  4. Absolutely beautiful piece of writing.

    Since I hunt treasures too I know the value of this gift.

  5. Very pretty poem and sea glass.

  6. A new follower here...thank you for the sweet note you left me at LGH blog. This is my first of this type /series...I plan to do same with one item each week for 'as long as I have things to share with you." I'm just getting acquainted with your blog, looking fwd to getting to know you.

  7. Lovely test with your image! You pictured the mind of a child perfectly with your words.

  8. I want to find a heart shaped piece of sea glass!

  9. Lots of lovely treasures!

  10. Reminds me of all the treasures my daughter would find!

  11. Beautiful! I recently found a jar of sea glass at a yard sale for $1 and it sure did make me happy! A jar of beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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