Paper (Poems)

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Image found here: http://www.thelasttree.thedelhiduck.com/?p=130

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Boat poem inspired by Meng Hao-jan’s poem Looking for T’eng’s Old Recluse Home: http://skyraftwanderer.blogspot.com/2011/12/looking-for-tengs-old-recluse-home-by.html

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 read..in fact I think I’ll go back and read once more🙂
    Lynne

  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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