Omamori

Recycled tin, wire, fabric

Omamori are good-luck charms. Each little brocade pouch, sold at temples and shrines and online, harbours a short prayer – a petition for good health, success in studies, easy childbirth, safe travel. I’ve been in need of my own protective talisman this year and I found it in the words of the poem All is Well, extracts of which are stamped on my own tin pouches and slipped inside them.

‘I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just around the corner.
All is well.’

Henry Scott Holland

(In memory of my mother, Margaret Christina Johnston)

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