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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.

 

 

Origami

for the sake of peace in all the world.

                          

They say they do not know

the crane’s symbolism –

 

 

but at some level

deep

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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