The inspiration for this poem came from a collection of netsuke I saw recently in the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Because the Japanese costume has no pockets small everyday objects were carried in pouches or boxes suspended on a cord secreted behind the obi (belt). The netsuke was tied to the other end to prevent slippage. These little intricately carved objects act as weight. They are works of art in themselves and very beautiful to look at as well as being practical.
I was struck by the way a netsuke could be used as a metaphor for life. The balance, weight – even the threads all speak about life and our experiences.
Life in suspension: the weight of cares tugging at the threads, unravelling and crashing the graven image – shattering. It inspired me to write something, a poem perhaps. What could be more fitting than a Haiku.
In the Balance
Our pathways are carved
Life whittles, chips amd fashions,
It’s knife quick and sharp.
Hope flies suspended
Holding fast the silken cord-
Grasps the fraying thread
Weighed down by lifes cares
The binding cords unravel
Our love outweighs all.
© Lynda M Roberts 2010
I have wrote a post about netsukes over on Echostains here