Thursday, February 4, 2010

55 - origami

it all starts with
a clean white page
flat on the desk...

fold, fold, fold
tuck
fold, fold, unfold
tuck
unfold, crease
fold

admiring my paper dragon,
all the intricate maneuvers
that sustain him,
opening wide he
consumes me

chomp, crunch, munch
gulp

my day begins
with a clean white page
flat on the desk...

Tell a story in 55 words. Give it a try or just read more, go see g-man.

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108 comments:

Susan said...

Everyday is a clean white page on my desk! Great 55!

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Maggie said...

Very nice Brian. Origami is an art. :)

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

I love, love, love a clean white page and all the possibilities it offers.

Ronda Laveen said...

A clean white piece of paper can be anything you want it to be. One day a dragon. The next day a cow. Unless the dragon eats the cow. Chomp. Crunch. Munch.

Jen said...

I tried to learn how to make all those cool shapes once...wasn't very successful...

Peter Stone said...

Wonderful Brian, the imagery, the descriptions, and the dragon's antics...
My son was given origami animals one year, they were so difficult to make!

My 55 is here

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

AWESOME 55!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mine's up! Have a sweet weekend with those you love.

tori said...

The only origami I can make is a paper water balloon. Made a ton of those as a kid. Great 55!

Magpie said...

You do these wonderfully! I really think I'd like to try this...maybe I'll get brave soon.

Mrsupole said...

Each new day beginning with a new clean slate, oh how I know we wish that were so. Sadly we seem to bring baggage. I think we should toss the baggage into a dump heap and just start anew with your clean white sheet.

Great 55.

God bless.

Kulio said...

ahhhh....the clean white page....great subject, nice 55!

Monkey Man said...

fold, fold, crease, fold, wad, wad wad, scrunch and toss. My dragon turned into a snowball. My 55 is HERE.

Pastor Sharon said...

I like starting off the day with a clean white page. . . I hope the dragon is really a butterfly.

ishabelle said...

nice poem... my day also begins with a clean white desk... you wre able to connect an origami piece to a day in the office... :) well done. :)

secret agent woman said...

Might try a peace crane next time. :)

G-Man said...

Paper Groundhog Day?
Most excellent 55 Brian!
As Usual!
FYI...You are the only one so far to even get the double entendre on my 55...You Da Man!!
Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

Calli said...

I too love a clean crisp white page...

makes me smile as does your 55!...:)

Alice Audrey said...

My daughter's day is often chewed up in it's entirety this way.

Hilary said...

Poetry or origami.. you'd win every time. I'd have to fold. ;)

The Retired One said...

Not only am I not coordinated enough to do orgami,I couldn't describe it in 55 words,either.

the b in subtle said...

wonderful! i was on an american airlines flight returning from somewhere in the southern states to toronto and there was a contingency of Japanese tourists. unfortunately, i had to witness some very obvious bigotry on the part of the airline crew towards these passengers who spoke little English. at one point, they were attempting to find out the time it would be when they land so they could change their watches, but the airline attendant did not understand and was quite abrupt with them. then they muttered amongst themselves and as i watched, i realized what it was they were wanting to know. i motioned to a couple of them, and showed them the time on my watch for their destination. they were so grateful, three of them made me origami cranes. i had zero Japanese and they seemed to not have a lot of English at all, but we didn't need language to be able to communicate this and for me to feel their immense thanks to me for reaching out and helping them. what goes around comes around, Brian. so uh - why did the dragon EAT you!!! what kinda karma is THAT? ;)

Daniel said...

So you are saying that every day starts with a clean slate that eventually turns into a monster that bites you in the butt? I don't feel so good now.

Christina said...

I really like this one Brian. Defintely creates a visual.

My daughter loves origami, any chance you can teach me how to make a dragon. :-)

otin said...

I always spill coffee on my clean white page lol!

lakeviewer said...

Oh fun is this? A paper dragon that gobbles you up. You are a magician here.

Tracie said...

All those possibilities in a white sheet of paper.....,It stresses me out just thinking about it.

Devika said...

Nice ...very promising poem, Brian :)

wishes,
devika

jaymiethorne said...

Wow, your sounds are always so crisp I come here for an ear feast. :-)

Felicitas said...

LOVE this one! I'll never look at a piece of clean white paper the same way again!

MomsJournal said...

Nice 55. All my paper has scribbles on it these days. *hides the pens from the toddler* ;-)

Bernie said...

I can make paper airplanes, does that count. Wouldn't even look as good as your work sounds....Hugs

Dr. J3kyll said...

I have not tried a "55" before, so thank you for giving me a first, excellent taste.

I especially enjoy that you account for the part of the process where everyone undoes what they did to do it better and make it final. Masterfully done :D

Dianne said...

Writing IS like origami, I like that analogy! Mine is up HERE

-one of your many followers,
Dianne

Joanna Jenkins said...

Origami can be so stunning. You did a terrific job of capturing the dragon.

Have a great weekend.
jj

the b in subtle said...

p.s. I nominated you on my site for an award given to me today and am passing it on. Of course, you are not obliged to participate yourself in what the award entails or requires of you - that's entirely up to you. Just thought I'd let you know. Thanks, Brian!

anthonynorth said...

That page is always yearning to be filled with creativity. Nice one.

Protege said...

Beautiful, your depiction of a day in paper art. So clever.;) And so true...
Have a great Friday, may it begin on a wonderfully pristine page.;)
xo
Zuzana

Sam!! said...

Beautiful words..!!

Take care

Realliveman said...

Very cool 55!

Valerie said...

A clean white page, oh boy that takes me back to childhood and the start of a new exercise book. Only trouble was, my good intention to do good and tidy work didn't go beyond the first page. Maybe if I'd take up Origami.....
Loved this, Brian.

LadyFi said...

Filling a white page, or making a dragon - both are art forms.

Chef Kar said...

I find myself with a clean white page on my desk daily...not for origami (which I don't have the patience for) but to write. It remains white and sitting for days on end however. Perhaps I'll try origami again! Lovely 55, as always.

Thank you for visiting me earlier.

<a href="http://www.chefkar.blogspot.com>Friday Flash 55 ~ Checkmate</a>

slommler said...

I love a story about process...rich! And I too wondered why the dragon ate you? LOL!! All you had to do was another fold and he would have been history.
Hugs
SueAnn

Vodka Logic said...

subtle but full of imagery again..

Shadow said...

great descriptions. but even so, i have not been able to master this art... even with pictures...

Little Ms Blogger said...

I liked this one because it was whimsical. Particularly like the chomp, crunch, munch.

the walking man said...

Ah the construction we build that has us for its lunch! The beauty of a job is that its there to sup with, some days it eats you and other days it be turned round the other way.

Ms Hen said...

I like this one. Each day is a Fresh Start.. we can do as we want with it...

Love the dragon theme.... I'm a big Harry Potter fan; and we have a Beard Australian Dragon..lol.

enjoy your weekend with your loved ones..

Betty Ann

Goofball said...

can you make a dragon out of paper? wow, I bow to you.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Paper does what we want it to do, we just have to know what we want! -J

Kathleen said...

The dragons are gonna love this! Or not. You just never know about them. LOL. Love it!

Mine's here:
http://inlindenhills.blogspot.com/2010/02/flash-fiction-friday-shouldering.html

JStar said...

I love your Origami 55, and the metaphor behind it spoke volumes!

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

very cool!

Susan at Stony River said...

So many days I've made dragons out of my endless-potential sheet of paper -- what a wonderful imagery you folded and creased into this one!

I always love my visits Brian -- so many words can be skimmed over (enjoyed or not) but very often I fall spinning into yours.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mariana Soffer said...

Beautifull, so poetic, life and origami and everythingelse are indeed the same.
By the way I just bought a frog, a jiraffe and a panda at an orgiami selling place, what a coincidence my friend.

Jessie said...

Fabulous Brian, as always. Ingenious the way you portray a new day as origami.

have a great weekend!
warm smiles,

C.M. Jackson said...

yes, when the words will not appear there is always origami--now why didn't I think of that!!!
great 55 --have a wonderful weekend-c

Yaya said...

Love it! Do you really do origami? Or was this figuratively speaking?

Jill said...

I love the 55's.

Origami...an art that simply amazes AND baffles me!

5thsister said...

Very nice, indeed! Similar "theme" to mine but oh so different in the most delightful way!

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Origami is an amazing art and you are an amazing writer. Well done!

subby said...

They do have "Origami for Dummies" books y'know( ducks the dragon! )

I'll stick to paper aeroplanes, wot? Happy week-end :)

Gaston Studio said...

Great 55 Brian. Life folded, unfolded, folded again to present the ever hungry dragon.

clean and crazy said...

i love this 55!! and the imagination runs wild!! it is always such a treat to stop by and read your work!!

TechnoBabe said...

Nobody can write sounds or descriptions like you do.
Even the "fold, fold, tuck, unfold, fold" way cool.

I would every one of my days to begin with a clean white page. Perhaps that would be a good way to begin each day. Maybe you just taught me something great. Thanks.

VE said...

See...that's the trouble...my page is dirty. I guess I can't start.

Betsy said...

This was fun! :)

Captain Dumbass said...

Chomp, crunch, munch!

William Manson © 2010 said...

brilliant post again Brian, have a superb Friday and enjoy your weekend :)

Kim A. said...

I love origami. I can't do origami. The clean white page is how I try to start out each day. An awesome visual!!

namaste

Kim A. said...

I love origami. I can't do origami. The clean white page is how I try to start out each day. An awesome visual!!

namaste

AmyLK said...

Makes me leary of the white paper on my desk this morning! :)

Meeko Fabulous said...

OMG! I love origami! I think there's such talent that goes along with it. I can make a paper crane! Sure it takes me about half the freakin' day, but hey . . . :)

Brian Miller said...

lol. i took a class years ago. i can remember a little. it is so calming just to focus on that one task and let it take you away...

buffalodick said...

Simple things done well...

snowelf said...

This is wonderful. There's something so inspiring to me about a clean white sheet of paper. So many possibilities.

Happy Friday!! :)

--snow

Akelamalu said...

I can make a chicken out of a napkin - that's about the only origami I can manage. :)

Great 55 Brian. :)

Nessa said...

Very nice 55 construction. Quite zen in its feeling.

Flash 55 - Buried Secrets

Rain said...

Neat story Brian! :)

Thom said...

Wonderful 55 I'm in awe of people that can do them. :) Well done my friend. Have a wonderful weekend :)

Dave King said...

Very neatly done, an admirable piece. And thanks for the steer to EnchantedOak.

jingle said...

It is great
to feel young
and innocent
and playful
when visit U.

Happy Friday!

Mama Zen said...

I would be consumed, too . . . with rage at my inability to make a dragon!

Barbara said...

Origami is an art form. I suck at art. My clean white page would end up with 100 folds, signifying nothing.

Toni said...

Hi Brian, just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your kind words; it's nice to know people are there for me.

Teri said...

Most of my paper has pen marks from my kids writing on it.

I want to at least learn to make a flyable paper airplane.

jessie carty said...

wow you have a lot of comments! :) i want to try that out! i love how you used origami to reflect to the actions of the dragon eating you up. great idea!

Dulce said...

How beautifully you give a double message in these 55... had to love it again
thank you dear Brian

Prayer Girl said...

Your writing is absolutely priceless. I loved this 55.

PG

Tina said...

Well, I'm bound to like a clean white page, aren't I, Brian?

Corrie Howe said...

I'll have to check out the blog on Saturday.

You, my man, are a man of many talents. Origami, writing, counseling, romantic...where does it end?

schererart said...

Reminds me of so many possibilities. There's something about an untouched page.

She Writes said...

opening wide he
consumes me
Nice play on words with this!

Gerardine Baugh said...

Very nice, how you weaved your poem as you folded paper dragon- don't we all get eaten up by our work.
"chomp, crunch, munch"
Wonderfully written!
Gerardine Baugh

Ben said...

I totally used to make origami ninja stars. Was great fun and surprisingly complex. Dragons sound pretty epic as well :)

KB said...

A blank page to me has to be filled and origami unfolded. I can't help myself. Nicely done.

SandyCarlson said...

I am a reading teacher who skipped the title and jumped right in. I am greedy sometimes. I saw it was origami and wondered what would happen.

What the blank page does to us....

Enchanted Oak said...

I love the physical sounds in this 55. I saw and heard the dragon taking shape and munching on you. This is wonderful, and thanks for the plug for my Simple Things challenge. Hope you get out of the dragon's belly soon.

Life with Kaishon said...

That was good.
Very, very good!
I love how you write Brian.
NICE!

lettuce said...

love this brian

jabblog said...

Brilliant! I have taught a number of Japanese children no older than 9 who were wonderful at origami. For me it remains a rather scrumpled mess :-)

Who Is Tim Burton? said...

Hi!again Brian,
Brian said,"my day begins
with a clean white page
flat on the desk..."


...To me that indicate a new and different challenge for you...whether you are at home, work, etc, etc, etc...

Thanks, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

RNSANE said...

I wish I hadn't lost my forensic nursing job of 21 years in massive budget cuts to public health a year ago and still had a blank white page on my desk!

Great 55, Brian!

blueviolet said...

That's where I'm about to be....with a clean white page. :)

Pat said...

I LOVE IT! One of my favorites that you've written!

Unknown Mami said...

my day begins with a rumpled sheet
on a sagging mattress

Alix said...

Love the imagery. fold fold fold, tuck

It's also insane that you have over one hundred comments. What's that like, Brian?

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Brian, have just caught up on your posts since last Theme Thursday... wonderful. I'll keep visiting and enjoying!!