A thousand paper cranes

aren’t we all.
just paper cranes.
our paper wings.
our paper veins.
our paper necks.
our paper skies.
folding petty.
paper lies.

no.

not flesh and bone.
not smiles and screams.
aren’t we all.
just paper dreams?

It took me the last 51 days to fold my first 1000 paper cranes. According to Japanese tradition, folding 1,000 paper cranes gives a person a chance to make one special wish come true. I don’t know about wishes, but I hope my cranes fly out into the world bringing a message of peace.

Like Sadako said to her origami cranes, “I will write ‘peace’ on your wings, and you will fly all over the world”.

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  1. Purely poetic and priceless poetry!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dear friend. That is so kind of you. Glad you liked it. Gooday.

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      1. vice versa=100%!

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  2. henhouselady says:

    The poem you shared is the perfect one for my morning. Thank you for sharing and for your papercranes. I hope you geeet your wish.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Good morning!
      I’m so glad it is. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. Means a lot. Thank you so much really. Have a fantastic day.

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  3. this is such a beautiful poem and a lovely thing to do. 💖

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dear friends. Your words mean so much. So glad to have you here.

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      1. You’re soooo welcome Shanyu.. always a pleasure💖

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      2. Shanyu says:

        Thank you once again. Happy day.

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      3. 🤗🙏🌷🥰

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  4. Akriti Jain says:

    That’s incredible 👏🙂

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much friend. Means so much.

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  5. Amazing. Loved it.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. Means a lot.

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      1. You are welcome ☺️

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  6. Ishita Gupta says:

    This is such a wonderful poem. Wow. So brilliant.

    “aren’t we all.
    just paper dreams?”
    This line hit somewhere deep inside my heart. Loved this piece.

    You made a thousand paper cranes?! That is so impressive! I wish your paper cranes fly all over the world and bring peace🤍

    xoxo

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much my dear friend. I am elated to see you here! It’s been a while.
      Thank you so much for your amazing words. How I’ve missed them.
      Yes, I did fold a thousand cranes. It becomes a habit once you actually get into a steady rhythm.
      Thank you so much once again, for everything. Have a fantastic day. May peace be with you.

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      1. Ishita Gupta says:

        It is my pleasure to read your wonderful work. You are one of my favourites. I have missed reading your work!

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      2. Shanyu says:

        It truly is amazing to have you back. It means so much. Just have a fantastic day.

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      3. Ishita Gupta says:

        ❤❤
        Have an awesome day as well!

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  7. This is beautiful!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much. Everything is.

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  8. This would be beautiful on paper! Really enjoyed reading this poem It has merit and it’s entertaining as well!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      That’s a great idea. Now doubts why you say that ;)) Thank you so much dear friend. Your words mean a lot. Thank you.

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      1. You’re welcome. Your words are electric and filled with energy. Always great to read them.

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      2. Shanyu says:

        I do try. Thank you so much.

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      3. You’re really quite welcome!

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  9. johncoyote says:

    I hope your wish come true dear Shanyu. I loved the poetry and your thoughts/hope.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much for the comment John. It means a lot. I am so glad you like the poetry. Good day.

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      1. johncoyote says:

        Good afternoon from Michigan dear Shanyu.

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  10. I hope you aren’t holding your breath! Until the world stops electing stupid greedy old men to run things we will never see peace.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      One can only hope.
      .
      .
      .
      And then vote an old man back in power.
      Such is the sad truth. I wish modern democracies saw the world from the eyes of the youth.
      But again, as trends change, that should happen too.
      Thank you so much for your time to comment. Means a lot.

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    2. Shanyu says:

      To add to the point, there is more I think there is more to peace than greedy old men.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. Means a lot.

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  11. SelmaMartin says:

    Exceptionally lovely poem. You did something beautiful to me with these words.
    But then you say: “I don’t know about wishes, but I hope my cranes fly out into the world bringing a message of peace.”
    I know a lot about wishes/miracles. I’ve written oft about miracles. I know how that works.
    Browse my blogs. You’ll find out how miracles work. *wink*
    May those cranes fly out into the world— indeed— with their sincere message of peace.
    And to each one, I — Selma Martin — attach a wish of lasting miracles. (Now watch them spread peace).
    Enjoyed your poem tremendously. Thanks.
    Blessings to you. I wish you miracles.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow. That is really honest feedback, and I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts about this one. It certainly is very humbling to receive such response. Thank you so much Selma, your words are truly very kind.
      When I said about ‘wishes’ I meant that I didn’t really start folding cranes with the intention of a wish. I learnt how to fold them, and really enjoyed the process; the calmness, the control, hand eye coordination, that kind of stuff. So by the end of it, it wasn’t about a wish, but the feeling of being at peace with yourself that touched me, and inspired me to extend the feeling further outwards.
      Thank you so much for taking the time again. Appreciate it.

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  12. Jyothi says:

    Wonderful poem!!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much J! Truly means a lot.

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  13. ybrwrites says:

    👍👍…YBR

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you.

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  14. hgamma says:

    We are
    the soul
    with body
    and life
    her only dream

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Are we though?
      A soul?
      A body?
      Or just characters,
      In someone’s dreams?

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      1. hgamma says:

        Can you please explain to me;
        why there shouldn’t be just one soul for all living things
        why body and soul should be divisible
        how can you know
        that you are present in others’ dreams
        how can they know that your nature is found in other people?

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      2. Shanyu says:

        That is the great debate though,
        Isn’t it?
        René Descartes said
        That the mind and soul is divisible,
        But others have argued
        That that is not the case.
        Maybe you’re right.
        Maybe I am.
        Maybe
        We
        Both
        Aren’t.

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      3. hgamma says:

        That I am of the soul
        with my body
        am your instrument

        In dialogue
        with my soul
        I can do it myself
        do not interpret otherwise
        and understand

        a thesis
        to a justification
        I don’t have that

        the right
        injustice
        on
        the point
        brought
        fixed in a span
        about right and wrong

        is from
        humans
        over the logos
        argues

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  15. This is a masterpiece 💛

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so much friend. Means so very much

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    1. Shanyu says:

      I would love to. Heading right over.

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  17. Amazing and profound! Beautifully written!

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dear friend. This is very kind of you to say. Thank you so much. Good day.

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  18. Shanyu, this is beautifully written. I am impressed by your words that make me think about. i think it is not an easy task to fold a thousand paper cranes in 51 days. I wish all of us that your wish will come true.
    Greetings from the beautiful Rhine-Highlands / Germany….
    Rosie 🌹🌹

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Wow. Thank you so very much Rosie. It means so much to me. Yes, folding the cranes was not an easy task, but it was worth it. Thank you so very much again.
      Love.

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  19. Wonderful poem, my dearest friend. It has a lot of symbolism in it. I love it.
    So good to read you again.
    xoxo

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much Gabriela. It means so much. I am So glad you like it. Sorry to only reply now.
      Have a fantastic day. Cheers.

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      1. My pleasure Shanyu. Don ‘t worry about the late reply. I hope you are having a good summer.
        xoxo

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  20. Beautiful and thought-provoking. And impressive work folding all those cranes! I’ve contemplated the challenge of folding 1000, but so far I’ve shied away despite having many wishes.

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    1. Shanyu says:

      Thank you so very much dear friend. It means a lot to me. I hope you fold yours soon.

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