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The Art of Origami ~ A Poem

Updated on January 7, 2013

Origami is an ancient art form that is still alive, today. It is my latest and greatest passion and challenge, one I am delighted to share. I discovered it on YouTube, where you can find tutorial videos on making almost anything you can visualize, by just typing the word "Origami" in the search bar. My deepest thanks to all of the individuals that have contributed to teaching me this wonderful and amazing art!

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Origami

One piece of paper
four sides the same,
known as a square in
geometry's game.
Corner to corner,
just meet and then fold,
open and turn, then
crease again, bold.
Open, once more, and then
fold tip to tip,
solidly crease, to
again, double dip.
Bending and folding,
or crease and reverse,
it all seems confusing
and at times quite perverse.
But this is an art form
both ancient and old,
began first in China
as it's history's told.
When later adopted
by Japanese hand,
Origami became the main
skill of the land.
To give a flat piece
of mere paper a form,
requires great artistic
flair to transform.
Angles and corners,
intersections and lines,
these are the magic
Origami defines.
Yes, one piece of paper
four sides the same,
an innocuous canvas
for a most complex game.
It is truly amazing
what talent can do
with a flat piece of paper
and a plain crease or two!

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      tnderhrt23 4 years ago

      Thank you, KoffeeKlatch Gals! It is such an amazing thing, origami. I am totally hooked!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Origami is a beautiful form of art. It's amazing what you can do with a piece of paper. Beautiful poem. Up and beautiful.

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      tnderhrt23 4 years ago

      Thank you, Frank! I so appreciate your read and awesome comment!

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      wow entertaining, different, fun.. yeah voted awesome!!!

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      tnderhrt23 4 years ago

      Thank you, DDE! I so appreciate your read and awesome comment! I have come to love this age-old, beautiful and amazing art form!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have outdone yourself in this one thanks for sharing such a wonderful poem

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thank you, kindly, guirishpuri. I dearly love this age-old art form!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      what a beautiful tribute, awesome poetry.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      xstatic, thank you. I have developed a deep fondness for origami, an amazing art form!

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Fascinating art and poem as well.

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      tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

      Very nice piece, Ms.tnderhrt! Amazing,useful and awesome!So are the pieces that you've made!I can feel your passion for this art in your writing! Pushed all the buttons!

      Have a Blessed day!

      TTW

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Genna, thank you! I am just amazed at what they do with origami! Alot of it is way beyond me, at this point, anyway, but it gives me something creative to do and is relaxing and very rewarding when you manage to make something look like it is supposed to! And I was surprised to learn it originated in China, too.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Movie Master, thank you so much for your read and excellent comment!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Gypsy, thank you! My patience only goes so far and I have to walk away! I appreciate your vote and comment!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Fennelseed, thank you, kindly! I so appreciate your votes and comment! I cannot say I have been successful in everything I try but I have been successful in some and I don't give up easily. It took me all day and about 20 different tries to get the little books pictured above right...It is truly a fascinating and awe inspiring art form, and a challenging one as well!

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      Gypsy48 5 years ago

      Very creative poem about such an interesting art from. I was I had the patience to attempt Origami. voted up

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      I love Origami and your poem has it down to a tee as it is flowing and methodical, just like successful origami (I say successful, because my attempts have been far from so!!!) Origami is fascinating and I love paper cranes and there symbolism. Lovely poetry and interesting hub, my votes to you and sharing!

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I've always wanted to be able to do Origami, but I don’t have the patience. The photo, undoMeds, is fascinating; it's hard to believe that this is Origami. I had always assumed that this art form originated in Japan – not China. Interesting to know. Up + :-).

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a fantastic poem, brilliantly done!

      Voting up/awesome and shared

      Best wishes Lesley

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thanks, Deborah! It just blows my mind what can be done with a flat square of paper!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow this is amazing and very interesting.. thank you for sharing.,. I will study up on this..

      Debbie

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Angelo, thank you, kindly! I appreciate your read and comment!

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      This was excellently done. up +

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Colin, the very same is true for me of you! You have brightened some dark days for this old gal and I am mighty grateful for you!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      WillStarr, thank you, Sir! My little journey into the world of Oregami has been alot of fun and keeps me off the streets, too! And that is not a bad deal!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...I always draw a lot of love, energry, goodwill, friendship and kindness from you Marsha and that is a very good place to be - meeting you was a gift come true in my life since being online - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 6:18pm

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Fun Hub, tnderhrt23! Voted up.

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      mary, thank you! Origami is an awesome thing! I appreciate your visit and sweet comment! Take good care!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      mollymeadows, go to YouTube and type in "origami"...it is just amazing! I am only a beginner but tenacious, and I am in awe of the fact that I can do any of it! Sorry if I messed you up but you may like it! Thanks for your visit and great comment!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Rosie! It is just awesome to see your sweet smiling face! Seems like it has been such a long time! I went through a bit of a desert stretch there but I think we turned a corner, at least I hope so! Origami is so much fun and such a challenge, I got completely hooked and it is pretty reasonable, price wise, for an obsession! lol. I appreciate your visit and awesome comment. Take good care, my friend! Hugs!

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      BeyondMax, thank you so much! I really appreciate your awesome support and encouragement!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This work is truly creative. I have always been fasinated with this art form. Great poem.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      I think you've messed me up here. Now I'm going away to Google "origami." Beautiful poem and photos!

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      Rosie Rose 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Oh my dear friend tenderhrt, this poem about origami is absolutely beautiful and very informative, as well. How cool! I love origami.

      So nice to see you back. You are so talented. I love your writings. Voted up, very interesting, and absolutely beautiful. Cheers!

      Have a nice day,

      Rosie

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Oh, what a beautiful tribute, such a dynamic rhyming, kept me smiling all the way, awesome =)

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      tnderhrt23 5 years ago

      Thank you, Ruby! I really appreciate your read and comment! Have a lovely day!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Amazing! You were able to rhyme instructions on making origami. Interesting indeed..Cheers