Sail away, little paper boat
to the world of possibilities
where existence beholds its dreams.
Bring back tidings of what you see.

For little feet which can’t yet go far
Sail away, little paper boat
Let the winds of wide-eyed wonder
and innocence keep your sails afloat

Puddles glisten on sodden ground
beg children launch their handmade craft
Sail away, little paper boat
and gladden their expectant hearts.

Carry their joys to tomorrows
through stormy days and windless ones
Though you will end up in pieces,
sail away, little paper boat.

Yesterday, I taught my two younger children how to make paper boats, something which my siblings and I did when we were children. My two boys spent a good part of the afternoon learning how to make paper boats on their own and floating them on the kitchen sink afterwards. We thought that we could launch paper boats in the puddles that the recent rains left in our backyard. Unfortunately, freezing temperatures came back last night and the puddles froze. When we checked in the backyard, we saw an ice covered yard which could have been good for playing ice hockey if my kids were up to it.Β  Β Now, we can only wait for the thaw toΒ  play with the boats.

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23 thoughts on “PAPER BOAT

    1. Thank you very much. πŸ™‚ And even more thanks for sharing the significance of a paper boat in your culture. It is a lovely metaphor. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful day.

  1. Another lovely poem from you, Imelda. I love how you entwined the idea of hope and possibilities in your poem. ‘Though you will end up in pieces, sail away, little paper boat.’ – so true, paper boats never last. I remember making them as a kid, and they weren’t too hard to make. But it also didn’t take much for them to sink – my paper boats usually sank after a few minutes of sailing along and then I’d make another one and sail again. I suppose that’s how we do life: there are hard times that will get us down, but there will always be another day and another chance to go do what we want and most importantly, have fun πŸ™‚

    Hope warm weather comes your way again soon, and you and your kids can sail those boats outdoors πŸ™‚

    1. That’s what we did. Make more and more paper boats and launch them on the yellow/brown puddles. What fun that was.

      Have a great week. Fall must be peeking in already in your corner of the world. πŸ™‚

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