Japanese paper

March 2, 2010

Torn paper can be mended with starch paste and Japanese paper, the page a facsimile of whole, but never the same as before. If my heart were paper, it would look like a collage, here a patch of Kizukiski, there a strip of Okawara, and, near the center, an appliqué of Thin Uda left over from long ago.

I know so well the risk of handing over that collage to someone with clumsy hands, and so do all I can to offer the same ritual care when I agree to take another’s heart into my cupped palms.

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