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Poem: "The Color of Faraway Mountains" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Color of Faraway Mountains"

This poem came out of the August 3, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi.  This poem belongs to the "Origami Mage" series.  The origami fortuneteller was part of the original promt.  The color names and symbolism come primarily from Mandarin Chinese, though I had to piece them together from multiple sources.  The exact renditions may be considered particular to the fantasy setting, inspired by bits from our world.

The Color of Faraway Mountains

origami mage
folds a divining tool from
colored rice paper

its four corners hold
four colors and eight different
fortunes underneath

red is hóng sè, hot,
auspicious beginnings full
of good promises

white is bái sè, cold,
inauspicious endings deep
as wells in winter

bluegreen is qīng, breeze,
life's breath billowing like silk,
burgeoning with growth

black is hēi sè, storm,
interruption of progress,
wreckage and ruin

origami mage
dries her palms and holds her breath
then tells her fortune

the color is qīng
the message is a journey:
auspicious travel

origami mage
shoulders her pack and heads for
faraway mountains

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red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: August 8th, 2010 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like this one, the imagery, the incorporation of colours as divination along with what was to me a childhood game with those folded 'fortune tellers' we made.
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