Wabi-Sabi


It’s April of 2022 and Day 23 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Wordy Wonders.” I am selecting words that have deeper and graceful meanings, from across the globe and an eight-line poem along

Day 23 – Wabi-Sabi

Origin: Japanese

Meaning: The beauty within the imperfections of life and art – an imperfect beauty. The thought of finding beauty in every aspect of imperfection in nature.

Poem

There is always,
A stranger in you,
Looking for perfection,
And another stranger in you.
The only perfect,
Ever to be,
Is possibly,
The wabi-sabi.

We all know the ending. But we still need to live through the parts of the story. That is why imperfections make it worthy of living.

Word Pronunciation: wah-bee-sah-bee

Latvia – Art Nouveau


It’s April of 2021 and Day 12 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 12 Country: Latvia

Latvia with high-income advanced economy, ranks high in Human Development Index. Riga is capital of Latvia and is known for Art Nouveau architecture. The name “Art Nouveau” is French for “new art.” Approximately, one third of Art Nouveau architecture buildings of the world are in Riga and constructions date 1904 to 1914. The art is characterized by flowing lines and patterns of flowers and leaves. Artists drew inspiration from both organic and geometric forms. The Art Nouveau architecture is further classified as: Eclectic, Perpendicular, National Romantic; and Neo-Classical. Below is a picture of a building on Alberta iela.

Credits: by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France – Immeuble art nouveau (Riga), CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24666321

Poem:

The old,
Will inspire new,
Ideologies,
Bend, break, heal,
The art and the artist,
Will leave and live,
Keep your eyes,
Open or shut.

Be open to see the beauty. Else, you will neither see the beauty, nor the beast.

Australia – Aboriginal Art


It’s April of 2021 and Day 01 of the A to Z challenge. This year, I am doing the theme – “Travel the World.” I am visiting countries from A to Z and presenting stories with 8 line poems.

Day 01 Country: Australia

Aboriginal Australians, the world’s oldest living culture, offer to explore art, spirituality, culture, history, dance, etc. I am selecting their art forms for my post. Australia’s aboriginal art is one of the oldest unbroken traditions of art in the world. The aboriginal art includes several kinds like rock painting, rock carving, dot painting, engravings, paintings from bark, painting on leaves, sand painting, carvings, art via sculptures, weaving, string art, etc.  

As I browse through several arts, I could see that they all have a story to tell. A lesson to learn. An experience to capture for a lifetime. Presented below is one of such paintings on a rock.

Credits: By TimJN1 – Bradshaw Art, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22779917

Poem:

Stories of mud,
Stories of blood,
The intricate relationships,
From earth to sky,
The way you connect,
To you and world,
One, different, many,
Many, same, one.

It’s the journey of realizing that all the many stories we live are all the one; we, attempting to understand nature.