Emari DiGiorgio

Origami Woman


One sheet, a fleet of pleats,
valley-fold the front flap down
to crease a girl into sixteenths.
Keep her center stationary,
foot to eyebrow flat. Press lightly.
Shapes traced, fingertip print
foil paper, crepe, vellum crane
rising sun inverted, all the things
a woman might become.
Seamstress, scapegoat, socialite,
sweet, sweet songbird, nun,
harlot (only a fold between the two).
Orient her anatomy, then spread
open the accordion pleats.
Rabbit-ear her arms and wrap
the dress even front to back.
Turn her over now. Crimp
her neck. Make six reverse folds
on the skirt. For a hummingbird
throat, try the petal tuck.
A lady requires more intricate
plaits. Round out to taste.
Push in the nape and squeeze-
fold her legs, note crease
her feet, adjust so she stands.


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