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Poem: "cutting and folding" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "cutting and folding"

This poem came out of the April 6, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi.  It also features the same protagonist as in the March fishbowl poem "folded wings."  The two morals at the end are poetic paraphrases of Buddhist sayings.

cutting and folding

kirigami mage
watches her gentle rival
and shreds green paper

origami mage
envies no glinting scissors
so keeps hands folded

kirigami mage
folds and cuts a spiderweb
to trap her rival

origami mage
folds a gold dragon and flies
over the crude trap

kirigami mage
snips a blizzard of snowflakes
and hurls them skyward

origami mage
replies with a peony
shortening the storm

kirigami mage
strikes back with cherry blossoms
of fading beauty

origami mage
lifts a chrysanthemum shield
and goes on her way

who envies others
does not obtain peace of mind
in this mortal world

be patient in one
moment of anger and you
escape a hundred

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marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: April 7th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

You're welcome!

I'm glad this one got sponsored, since several folks wanted to see more of the origami mage.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: April 7th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

I hope you'll feel like writing more poems about her, I'll definitely sponsor them.

I'm addicted to origami, I figure it shows. ;-)
I was thinking of submitting her as a prompt for the next sketch fest, would you agree?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

>>I hope you'll feel like writing more poems about her, I'll definitely sponsor them.<<

I'm willing to keep exploring a popular character. She is fun.

>> I'm addicted to origami, I figure it shows. <<

I like origami too, although my skill at it is minimal. My partner is considerably better.

>> I was thinking of submitting her as a prompt for the next sketch fest, would you agree? <<

Go for it! It would be fun to see an idea travel from one crowdfunded project to another.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: April 7th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You're welcome!

Lovely! Then hopefully someone will decide to portray her, I can't wait. :-)

I've a vague image in my mind's eye of a collection of poems about her, and possibly other origami mages (a whole clan of them?) illustrated with sketches and /or more polished illustrations by a group of artists.

Could it work as a crowd-founded project? What do you think?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

>> I've a vague image in my mind's eye of a collection of poems about her,<<

That has potential.

>> and possibly other origami mages (a whole clan of them?) <<

Perhaps there could be "schools" of mages, like the martial arts, each with its own strengths and techniques. Origami, kirigami, kirie, etc.

>> illustrated with sketches and /or more polished illustrations by a group of artists.<<

That would be fun. To reproduce as a collection, inked illustrations would probably work better than pencil sketches. Another possibility would be to include some photos or scans of paper crafts.

>> Could it work as a crowd-founded project? What do you think? <<

It might work. The first part is how enthusiastic the audience and patrons get with inspiring and sponsoring more poems in this series. We might, for instance, hunt around for a plot thread. Then there's the question of what format people would like -- do they want a hardcopy chapbook, or an electronic file, or what? Something like a fancy little handmade collector's edition, or a very simple chapbook? Different pros and cons for each.
marina_bonomi From: marina_bonomi Date: April 7th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

We might bounce a few ideas back and forth and see whether there's enough interest.
Going to bed now, but tomorrow I'll post on my LJ linking to your poems...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 8th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cool!

I appreciate the signal boost.

It will be fun to see how this plays out.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2010 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

>> I've a vague image in my mind's eye of a collection of poems about her,<<

That has potential.

>> and possibly other origami mages (a whole clan of them?) <<

Perhaps there could be "schools" of mages, like the martial arts, each with its own strengths and techniques. Origami, kirigami, kirie, etc.

>> illustrated with sketches and /or more polished illustrations by a group of artists.<<

That would be fun. To reproduce as a collection, inked illustrations would probably work better than pencil sketches. Another possibility would be to include some photos or scans of paper crafts.

>> Could it work as a crowd-founded project? What do you think? <<

It might work. The first part is how enthusiastic the audience and patrons get with inspiring and sponsoring more poems in this series. We might, for instance, hunt around for a plot thread. Then there's the question of what format people would like -- do they want a hardcopy chapbook, or an electronic file, or what? Something like a fancy little handmade collector's edition, or a very simple chapbook? Different pros and cons for each.
jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: April 7th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Excellent! I'm glad someone else thought to bring her up again since I loved her so much last time! :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I think she's developing a following.
tuftears From: tuftears Date: April 7th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
This so begs for illustration by someone who does serene art. ^_^ Stephanie Pui-Mun Law maybe!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 7th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

Pretty art!

Feel free to show the poem to any artist you think might enjoy illustrating it.
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