Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "senbazuru"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by [personal profile] marina_bonomi. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.


"senbazuru"


origami,
kirigami --
both are made from
the same paper

fingers, scissors --
both are tools of
the same magic
quickening life

between them blooms
a strange new art,
one page cut to
fold several forms

new growth sprouts from
their common ground;
they have become
equal masters

the school is filled
with children
their voices like
the cries of birds

no more rivals,
no more running,
only delight
unfolding now

cut, crease, release:
in the courtyard
one thousand cranes
take to the sky

* * *

Notes:

Everything Origami by Matthew Gardiner. Hinkler Books, 2008. p. 4
Senbazuru -- A paper craft in which a single square of paper is cut to make multiple squares joined at the corners; the name senbazuru means "one thousand cranes."

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