Paper (Poems)

Flock of paper cranes
fly by moons blue light
words of farewells and longings
projected onto ashen caravan trails.


Fueled by the four winds
paper plane glides through cloud bursts
under a waxen gaze
the length of the journey


Day of induced hopping
finishes by a washing bowl
the paper frog
staring at the moon
but the closest it will get
the dormant reflection
in the stagnant water


A lone trout watches
a paper raft drifts idly by
not seen
the paper rafter staring up at the stars
wondering if
he’s sailing on the wrong river


Moon reflection
abstracted in wave lines
crossed by a paper boat
in this puddle
hidden under heaven


Resting in emerald branches
high above the red dust streams
the paper cranes have come to rest
up high in immortal depths
blazing white


Sun rises over rivers and mountains
an empty bramble gate stands silent
fences and trellis clustered
with 10,000 paper cranes

Image found here:


Boat poem inspired by Meng Hao-jan’s poem Looking for T’eng’s Old Recluse Home:


About skyraftwanderer

A person who enjoys writing short story things, poetry and other random things that come into my head.
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19 Responses to Paper (Poems)

  1. Gray says:

    Have you read Transtromer’s “The Sorrow Gondola?”

    Check it out if you haven’t. I’m really enjoying it and his gondola came to mind as I read these–your latest.

    • Not yet but I am going to check it out. Have heard of him though. His name was flying round twitter a few months ago (in regards to a nobel prize I think).

      If I am reminding you of that, a magical wizard must be at work.

  2. Lindy Lee says:

    It’s only a paper moon hanging over a cardboard sky. It’s only make believe…

  3. D... says:

    This made me think of the significance of frogs in Chinese culture. We wear them to bring prosperity, usually they’re carved in jade or jadeite. I’m not necessarily a superstitious person, but I like to hear about cultural beliefs. I think the frog prosperity thing has something to do with the moon. There is also a saying of a frog in the well and his limited perspective. But your paper frogs are free.

    I just thought of folding 10,000 cranes and my fingers cramped up…

    • I like hearing about cultural beliefs. It’s fun to learn new things and they are a wonderful source of inspiration. Although in this case the frog poem is a happy coincidence. Though in the house there is a Chinese frog holding a coin. It’s made of some form of metal (you know, just incase you thought I had an actual trained frog.)

      And that would be tiring. Although after this I do have the urge to fold paper (beyond my usual aeroplanes.)

      • D... says:

        Haha, I think you should train a frog. I’m not sure what you call him though, but I think it’d be wizard (see keeping it alive).

        I think I’d need to learn how to fold those cranes a bit better. Although the frog is a neat critter to make, you can make them jump when you’re done.

  4. Thomas Davis says:

    Moon reflection
    abstracted in wave lines
    crossed by a paper boat
    in this puddle
    hidden under heaven

    I cannot get over how wonderful your poetry can be.

  5. taleswritten says:

    I love your poetry. It is so simple and so complete.

  6. claudia says:

    fixed the link over at dVerse..

    great scene you paint here…love the origami feeling..the whimsical..the imagery..paper cranes are somehow magical..the texture…the folding…loved it much..

  7. the word bar says:

    What an absolute delight to fact I think I’ll go back and read once more

  8. Leo says:

    I like the first two verses best. Farewells and longings held in paper gliding through the clouds, guided by an instinctual wind 🙂 Very beautiful poetry.

  9. Yousei Hime says:

    Well, I for one am happy to be here to read all those moments. I say, do have a few more, and I promise to hop by. 🙂

  10. Bodhirose says:

    Love how you refer to all the paper objects in this…that origami is a fascinating art form to me…such a relaxed, calm feel to this.

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