At a glass blowing show, in the back of a cabinet, set away from the perfect art, was a proto champagne flute.
It sat on a perfect stem, but the bowl hadn’t set properly. It was going to be melted down, but I loved it, so I brought it home.
It can’t be used as a glass, so it sat on my dresser. It existed only to be beautiful to me. It has no function, it is beauty for the sake of beauty.
Immediately I saw the elegant watery dance of this perfectly imperfect vessel, the ripples on a pristine lake sneakily snatching the moonlight.
It makes me smile. Maybe it is a kindred spirit. Perfectly imperfect.
From a twisted glass, a reminder, look for beauty in the broken world, you will find it.
A quiet walk on a peaceful trail, pine trees have dropped branches, dead on the ground. Brown needles, brown cones, brown earth, brown death. But tiny yellow flowers pop through, green stems burst from the nurturing mound. Life begins again.
From death, a reminder, live while you can live the best you can, find the beauty in the perfectly imperfect.
In the end, yellow flowers may grow from your bones, your ash or flesh in the air we breathe. Your life means something, even as it floats away. It will become something beautiful.
“Earthly bound to mortal cares
Greedy death awaits us.”
All of us as one, perfectly imperfect.