Paper boat tears

Tomorrow when I wake
I am starting something new
I will make some paper boats
and ready them for you
I want my tears to be
with the fishes in the sea
with the whales and leviathans
and the dolphins who are free
I am building paper boats
like little funeral pyres
to contain from here my tears
and send them out for miles
Once the boats are soakeded
with my tears all splashed upon them
I’ll stand at waters edge
and send them out onto the ocean
then part of me has melded
with the deep blue open places
and the peace that comes from letting go
will heal me down the ages
Next I’ll dream the whale
has met me in the sea
that he understands my sorrows
and sing songs to comfort me
so tears now do flow freely
upon my paper boats
and help me send my sorrows
on the origami floats
And where the whale is leaping
deep blue waters are my tears
and when the dolphins gather
I have shared with them my cares

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There is a new song out!

A friend on RB uncleblack has put my new poem to music and turned it into a truly beautiful song called Paper Boats on myspace

just sign in or register with myspace to listen to our new song by the katie winter to me it reminds me a little bit of Puff the Magic Dragon….it’s really delightful, i hope you enjoy it as much as me


True Colours artwork by karin taylor
Inspired by the beautiful image Distant Memories
by Niharika Singh

Paper Boat Tears (work in progress)

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  • Teacup
    Teacupover 4 years ago

    Oh Karin this is so beautiful a way to lease tears and sadness… xx

  • aaw thx so much I wanna do this but with something Eco friendly :) xxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • redhat
    redhatover 4 years ago

    so beautiful :)

  • Thx so much dear Niharika, your image so moved me!!! I am very very grateful… Thx for agreeing to allow me to display it here… It is very beautiful :))) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • webbie
    webbieover 4 years ago

    Deep feeling ,brave in sharing them and going on with life…beautiful poem karin:) huggggz

  • thank you very much thelma, although I don’t feel brave….i feel very silly sometimes actually…opening up makes me feel very vulnerable :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Kensoi
    Kensoiover 4 years ago

    These Ideas Can Be Good Karin For Release Etc…….
    I’ve Got A Sculpture In The Thames :) & I’ve Never Looked Back………….

  • thank you Ken, much appreciated….love that idea, well done :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    wonderful way to let go !LIZ

  • thx so much Liz, i really appreciate it :) glad you like the poem :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendover 4 years ago

    Truly beautiful words to go with such a wonderful image. Tears are rolling down my cheeks as I read this. love n hugs xx

  • aw, thank you so much Cate, aw, I’m so sorry didna mean to make you cry sweetie :) hugs xxxx

    – © Karin Taylor

  • JennyMac
    JennyMacover 4 years ago

    I’m with Teacup…. a beautiful way to release… your words and this image are a perfect match….. : ))

  • thank you Jenny, it would be lovely, think i’m gonna really give it a try :) x

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Hidemi Tada
    Hidemi Tadaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful sound of you karin. If i had a talent to make melody, i would do it and sing your poem.

  • thank you very much Hidemi, i’m so happy you like the sound of this…and such a lovely thought you expressed too, I deeply appreciated it and am very thankful :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful words Karin.

  • thank you so much Rosalie, i’m so glad you liked it :)

    – © Karin Taylor

  • Keith Richardson
    Keith Richardsonover 4 years ago

    Emotive beauty, Karin, reminding me of the full moon ceremony in Hoian in Vietnam – a favourite part of the world. Have you experienced this ceremony, in which many hundreds of paper boats are released at night each carrying a small lit candle? The visual effect if surreal, and, just like your poem, It moves me to tears…

  • thank you so much Keith, the full lmoon ceremony in Hoian in Vietnam? I will look that up…i have not experienced this, oh how beautiful…i would love for this at my passing….i think it would feel like everyone was sending their light to see me off….it’s a very beautiful thought…I’m very deeply touched that it moves you so …and now….I’m weeping too….where’s those paper boats when you need them… :)

    – © Karin Taylor

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