Thursday, November 17, 2005


Easy to Make Origami Crane,
a found poem.

Wanting to help,
my son and his wife volunteered
to make paper cranes
for Peace Day.

I googled more instructions after he said —

"I don’t get how they go from five
to seven," and she said,


Prepare square a paper
in general origami
and fold it
the triangle.

Fold again.

Fold it square a paper.

Get it like this figure to the mark.

Turn a sheet of paper, fold it.

Fold the other side like one,
and get it the lozenge.

Fold a gap side like this figure.

Fold the other side line one
and turn a sheet.

Possibly the most enlightening
one was this —

You can shape the body
by pushing the top point down,
pulling the wings
or blowing air
into a tiny
hole at the bottom of the body.

©Susan Bright

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh


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