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October 11, 2010
On writing haiku, Jane Reichhold points out even "the ugly has something beautiful in it." While the aim of writing tanka poems is to exclude the ugly, the aim of haiku is to write beautifully about common things.

Broken things may be beautiful precisely because of imperfections, and how they came to be shattered.

It's true of people, too. Artists know inspiration and power comes from damage and pain. Experienced lovers know a person's brokenness and vulnerability may be a point of attraction.

They say God is perfect, but I've noticed serious flaws. No wonder people are drawn to faith.