This week’s writing prompt is based on the idea that perfection is imperfection.

The Japanese have a concept of beauty (aesthetic) that is influenced by the Bhuddist idea that nothing lasts, nothing is finished and nothing is perfect. Based on these principles, Japanese art and culture often values imperfection. This is called the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Examples of wabi-sabi are everywhere in Japanese culture: sakura (cherry blossoms) are considered more beautiful because they only last a few days.

Create a piece that captures an unusual, imperfect, strange and flawed beauty that helps us see what you see.

If you would like to see examples of poems written about this prompt than simply search the hashtag #wabisabiheart on Instagram, visit our community, or visit the @heartwrds gallery.

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