Friday, September 21, 2007

Paper Boats!

This is a far better image!


I am disturbed by paper boats, the image of carefree kids carefully folding a sheet of paper, making sharp creases, folding the emerging object this way then that to eventually make a thing that is so laughable, so clumsy, so fragile, so useless, so destined for failure.

A paper boat will never serve its intended purpose, will never survive the elements, the roguish storms that life brings, will never return to the safety of any harbor;

Instead it will gradually absorb water then slowly, inevitably sink into cold, darkening, silent depths;

Down, down it will go, unwanted, ugly, relentlessly disintegrating until nothing is left, nothing.

Children and paper boats, the creators and the created,

Ultimately sharing the same destiny.

3 comments:

Monica Thatcher said...

Never losing the childs sense of wonder and discovery and retaining a wild sense of humour is in my humble opinion the best way to prevent the Man with the sickle giving you an early bath.

Daniel said...

I still have a sense of wonder, Monica. I wonder what the bloody hell it's all about!

Cheers.

Nancy said...

They are temporary, like sandcastles, like life.

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