Paper Crane

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I fold,
I flip,
I bend
my brain.

Slowly,
I hatch
a paper
crane.

 

I wrote this yesterday in response to Laura Salas’ 15-words-or-less poetry prompt. She posted a photo of a beautiful light in the shape of a star. There was no bird, paper, or folding, though the light looked a bit like it could have been folded. That’s what set my mind going where it found an origami crane. Thanks Laura for inspiring us each week.

I’m still working on a title. I don’t want to give anything away… Ideas?

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© Elizabeth Steinglass, 2013, all rights reserved

13 replies
  1. Buffy Silverman says:

    I’m not very good at titles–and I kind of like the simplicity of calling it Paper Crane. It matches the elegance of the poem, IMHO.

  2. Janet F. says:

    I think this is all very profound, Liz. How the mind can see origami in a holiday tree-topper light. How something as simple as a square of paper has so much potential. Origami amazes and delights me. It is like snowflakes and their incredibly varied shapes. Patterns amid chaos and yet simplicity. I like the idea of seeing more, but not sure how you can work a title that does what Buffy talks about as well as Paper Crane. I was thinking of your poem without that title and wondering where my mind would wander. I like how it sets us up so we can imagine your hands doing the work and in the end, voila you have made one. Not much help, I know, other than to say I do like your poem. And btw did you see the Highlights Foundation adv? You and Rebecca look great!

    • lsteinglass says:

      I think you and Rebecca look great! I look like I’m just about to say something. Have you seen the documentary “Between the Folds?” It’s amazing.

  3. Violet Nesdoly says:

    I saw your poem on Laura’s site yesterday too, It’s lovely!

    I think paper cranes symbolize wishes. Could you do something with that? “Make a wish” or something even shorter.

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