Masters of Sabi


changed to Buick graffiti art

 Kimberly A. Horning


in aspic Park Ave tulips

Kimberly A. Horning


  Kimberly A. Horning is blessed to live by the sea. A former actor and filmmaker she feels that she has found a new home in writing ‘ku. Kim is a total bookworm and an avid old movie nut. Favorite books include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Great Gatsby, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and anything by Salinger. Kim adores films by Sidney Lumet and John Cassavetes, but also loves popcorn movies. Dog walking and cat sitting are other favorite pastimes. A true beach bum/aging hippie, Kim’s dream is to die by the railroad tracks like Neal Cassady.



 In the natural world lichen, cherry petals, corrosion, overgrowth, decay convey and underline the passage of time, neglect, and abandonment. In our teeming metropolises the modern equivalencies and indicators of sabi, telltale signage of social and political unrest or collapse may as constructively be evinced and discerned through broken windows and spray painted tagging! Just so can the waning of a civilization or empire be readily gauged by increasing inequality, creeping accretion and monopolization (Horning was kind enough to include this illuminating headnote: ‘All of us are allergic to change. The very rich are immune’… Highly recommend you to perform an image search, but for those unfamiliar aspic or ‘meat jelly is a savory gelatin made with a meat stock or broth, set in a mold to encase other ingredients’) of finite resources, space and influence by smaller and smaller privileged few sections of a population, as the Autumn season itself may by read and understood symbolically in different allegoric contexts, as a fall from grace and utopian settings, leaving protective paradises, surrendering round tables and splintering from heavenly hosts, foregoing freedoms and compromising integrity, desecrating the sacred and corrupting pure hearts and virtuous institutions with insidious tendrils of profit, hegemony and subjugation!  This brings to mind an evocative passage by Matsuo Bashō in his Narrow Road: “When a country is defeated, there remain only mountains and rivers, and on a ruined castle in spring only grasses thrive.


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