Paper cranes torn from the scraps of picture books long forgotten,
Lifeless illustrations bending into folded wings,
A curved beak, the contours of the neck,
Covered in pastel picturesques:
A dusty sunrise closing in on an orange mountain-
A child’s favorite landscape.
And here, now, she breathes life into it with every crease of paper,
Sighing into the sunrise, which is purple and mottled with
Chocolate milk fingerprints.
From the rooftop she lets it fall;
It soars but remains lifeless still