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Musings #24

A PARTING GIFT                                             

                         I believe origami arrives/when we need it most.

                          Bob Hicok


As if the rest were not enough,

they present

a bronze statue of a woman



on tiptoe, offering up

a flock of delicate paper cranes.



They say this reminds them of me. 

I think of the girl in Hiroshima –



her body bomb-burned,

dying before she could fold

a thousand of these wide-winged creatures.




for the sake of peace in all the world.


They say they do not know

the crane’s symbolism –



but at some level


they surely sense



the crane means faithful 

even in farewell,



and I begin to hope

that nothing that really matters

is ever really lost. 





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