09 March 2013

Origami Memories



Sorting such still sheets
(silky, flexible squareness)
calms both hands and jaw.

Eyes spring back and forth
lightly between instructions
and fingered paper.

Fold, crease, white and bright
colored cranes in chains delight
pray for peace each night



File:US Navy 070718-N-0807W-049 Students from Jack N. Darby Elementary School learn and construct Japanese origami cranes from a U.S. Navy Sailor as a symbolic gesture toward peace in Sasebo, Japan.jpg
SASEBO, Japan (July 18, 2007) - Students from Jack N. Darby Elementary School learn and construct Japanese origami cranes from a U.S. Navy Sailor as a symbolic gesture toward peace in Sasebo, Japan. The cranes are part of a larger effort to make 1,000 cranes, which Japanese culture has defined as a milestone number in expressing sentiments of peace and good fortune.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua J. Wahl 



Posted for Haiku Heights #212 - Origami.  Here are alternate last lines, imagined after reading comments:"fold Peace in the Light" and "Pray for Peace inCrease."  

Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast




15 comments:

Stephen Mumble said...

Each fold a prayer

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the poem - and, especially, Stephen's comment: "each fold a prayer." Yes. Lovely, Susan.

Heaven said...

I like the simple yet meaningful folds of sentiments ~ I am joining you in the prayer for peace each night ~

Green Speck said...

The 1st one is my favorite !!!

Claudia said...

I've heard about the cranes before and find it such a great and palpable tradition..really cool..each fold a prayer..yes, love this as well..

Brian Miller said...

its not that easy to pull off....i took origami classes when i was young...was pretty cool...i remember a little bit....its pretty cool what people are able to do with a piece of paper....

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love how the haiku enter into the process of creating origami and touch on the purpose! Lovely!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

May there be many, many more folds!

Origami Masters

Sri Valli said...

Beautiful set Susan! The last one is my favorite :)

ND Mitchell said...

I also like these and especially the internal rhyme in the third, which finishes them off with great momentum :)

Mama Zen said...

Beautifully done, Susan!

Judith Westerfield said...

The last one with the rhyme I love the best!

Victoria said...

This is so beautiful...the process and the poem, so Zen-like.

Reading Pleasure said...

A very touching tradition. Wonderfully written haiku.

McGuffy Ann said...

I like this very much! It is a wonderful tradition.