How to Make a Paper Flower

How to Make a Paper Flower or Anything, For That Matter

Choose a sheet of paper in your favorite color, like azure blue.
Choose another sheet in your other favorite color, lemony yellow.
If you don’t remember your favorite color,
or it’s not available,
pick what you can, even if it’s gray.
Don’t deliberate.

Cut a lopsided circle out of one sheet,
and tape it to the center of the other.
Don’t measure. Trust your vision.

Like Michaelangelo, cut away anything that is
not flower.
Do not take pencil to paper.
Let intuition guide your movement.
Trust yourself.

Cut one curve in, one curve out,
one curve in, one curve out,
Don’t look ahead, or behind.
Stay at the ever-changing point where
blade meets paper.
Don’t hurry.

Work your way around, always coming back to the center.
Soon everything you cut will have fallen away.
What remains is a flower
that only you could have made.

Tape the flower to your window, wall, or refrigerator
where it will become a teacher,
or at least a mirror.


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