Origami Flowers

Before I fold the square
I write a little poem
something brief and cryptic
like a poorly translated fortune

If I’ve folded a boat
I’ll launch on the creek
let it float downstream
to a reader or some hungry fish

If I’ve folded a paper fly
I’ll throw it from the balcony
at the windiest part of the day
hoping a stranger will catch

I have buckets of flowers
folded from pied pages
and when I drive down the interstate
they blossom from the bed of my pickup

Littering the side of the road
wildflowers of variegated poetry

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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39 Responses to Origami Flowers

  1. equipsblog says:

    That is a super cool poem with wonderful imagery.

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  2. jai says:

    I love this, Bartholomew…whimsical imagery throughout. 💜

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  4. berniebell1955 says:

    “wildflowers of variegated poetry”

    Spreading the word…..

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  5. luvgoodcarp says:

    Such lovely imagery.


  6. Cassa Bassa says:

    This is wonderful poetry Bart. 💚💚💚

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  7. Aaeedah says:

    Loved the way your beautiful imageries made me feel! Thank you!

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  8. r.Douglas says:

    prime prismatic poetry, Bartholomew

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  9. Love the imagery!

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  10. All I can think of is Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    A poorly translated fortune?

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  11. The Inkwell says:

    Your love for origami and poetry is evident in your words. It’s fascinating how you intertwine these two art forms, creating something unique and beautiful. Just as you carefully choose the words for your poems, you also take the time to select the right paper and folds for your origami. Both require precision, attention to detail, and creativity. Your willingness to share your creations with others shows a generosity of spirit, a desire to connect with others through your art. It’s inspiring to see how you use your passions to spread joy and beauty in the world, one paper creation at a time. 👍👏👌😊

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  12. Stacey C. Johnson says:

    Oh, this! “they blossom from the bed of my pickup” – the image of seeding the landscape with poetry is magnificent and inspiring. Thank you, Bartholomew!

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  13. Annabel says:

    Very interesting write! A bit differ from your usual style and just as wonderful.

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  14. berniebell1955 says:

    You’re in m’blog again….and Gypsie too..


    …with observations and additions.

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  15. I was just thinking how nice it would be to find some wildflowers today!
    Lovely, imaginative poem. <3

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