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Poetry Writing prompt

Poetry Contest

Write a poem - on the subject "wabi-sabi" (not "wasabi").

Definition of wabi-sabi:

Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on:

1. acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete".

2. based on the concept of Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically:

a) impermanence, b) suffering and c) emptiness or absence of self-nature (ego).

3. Characteristic themes of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include:

a) asymmetry b) asperity (roughness or irregularity) c) simplicity d) economy, e) austerity f) modesty g) the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes (e.g a broken tea cup).


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This is a poetry contest. Write a submission based on the above prompt. There are no rules for this poem writing prompt. Any style, any format and any length but the topic must be on "wabi-sabi".

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Deadline: Tuesday, April 30th at 12:00 AM EST.

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