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WITHOUT BEES

In the photograph
the two great blue heron’s
stare at each other.
We are not certain if this
is love, or there is something
far more ominous impending. 60 more words

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978 to go!

There is an ancient Japanese legend that states anyone who folds a 1000 paper cranes in one year will be granted a wish from the Gods. 91 more words

SENBAZURU

A thousand cranes take flight
hanging from the ceiling
under the watchful eye
the old Japanese man
framed on my wall
and the Buddha
staring down
from my dresser.

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Senbazuru: A Thousand Paper Cranes

This photo is a little old–I took it in the SOM a week or so ago because something about the desolation and quietude calmed me. Oddly enough, it’s what most of the students or residents will often see when they leave because they arrive at the hospital so early in the morning and so late at night that they rarely see the sun. 543 more words

The Japanese Tradition of 1,000 Origami Cranes

Picture this: One thousand tiny, multicolored, intricately detailed, carefully hand-folded origami cranes connected together by thin strands of string. Think about the time that goes into folding just one origami crane (I can because I’ve been trying to perfect the art since we moved to Japan and it is no small feat). 565 more words

Soul of Senbazuru: Little Bird, Big Love

When I arrived in San Francisco, I was new. I had shed the skin of an old and tired chapter in my life, with nothing but adventure before me. 2,099 more words

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