There’s an idea in Japanese culture which suggests that true beauty can only be achieved through imperfection, as its opposite is unattainable.
It is time to tidy up your life !
into your body has leaked this message,
No conscious actions, no broodings
Have brought the thought upon you.
It is time to take into account
What has gone and what has replaced it.
Living your life according to no plan.
The decisions are numerous and
The ways to go are one
You stand between trees this evening;
The cigarette in your cupped hand
Glows like a flower.
The drizzle falling seems
To wash away all ambition.
There are scattered through your life
Too many dreams to entirely gather
Through the soaked leaves, the soaked grass,
The earth-scents and distant noises
This one thought is re-occurring:
lt is time to take into account what has gone,
To cherish and replace it.
You learnt early enough that celebrations
Do not last forever.
So what use now the sorrows that mount up?
For love, is both present and gone
Neither perfect nor complete.