out of square paper
of crane wings
Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, has fascinated me since childhood. Even now, I still fold that all-time favorite paper crane, as a way of meditation. I also keep a book by Tomoko Fuse who stunned me-- and the rest of the world-- with his excellent origami boxes. They are ideal gifts by themselves.
My first origami teacher was no other than my mom. In celebration of Mother's Day, I wrote the following poem for her:
She who taught me how to make a paper crane
yields to the endless foldings of seasons;
now, her hair is turning into white feathers
and her back begins to grow wings