Grind Poem, “Words are Paper”

“You cannot wrap a fire with paper: the truth will come out.”
— Chinese aphorism

 

Words are Paper

Take an origami heart and clasp your hands over it.
Let it be swallowed by your warmth.
A fire will burn within if you do not hear it.
If it does, do not lose heart—it is only saying
you have forgotten how to put up a parol on Christmas,
how to gaze at the limelight of thin paper.

Take an origami heart and clasp your hands over it.
Words are paper, thin, transparent. They will burn you.

 

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