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    dots Submission Name: The Crane Wifedots

    Author: annie0888
    ASL Info:    49/f/LA
    Elite Ratio:    4.76 - 327/382/122
    Words: 273
    Class/Type: Poetry/Misc
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    dotsThe Crane Wifedots

    The Crane Wife

    An old Japanese story goes that a crane
    fell frozen in the snow.
    A poor and lonely farmer nursed her back to health.
    She flew away but returned as a beautiful woman
    to become his wife. Of course as these tales go,
    the poor but happy couple was near starvation.
    Turns out, though, she had a secret gift
    for weaving fancy silk kimonos,
    only the weaving took a lot out of her.
    He promised she'd only have to do it once,
    and he promised not to watch,
    but that greedy bastard broke his promise, not once,
    but twice, three times, and more.
    Soon he had her weaving for every merchant in town
    who flashed a few yen their way.
    The money was good, but it drove him crazy
    that she did it behind a screen.
    One night he pushed his narrow eye against
    a tiny tear in the ricepaper, only to discover
    his wife was just a crane
    he had once pulled from the snow.
    She felt his stare as her head and long neck went down
    and up in awkward rhythm, feathers flying.
    She raised her ragged head from the loom,
    told him it was over.

    I told my kids the moral of the story is never break your promise.
    Hey wait a minute, they said,
    Why didn't she tell him she was a crane,
    Cause what dude would marry a crane?

    Submitted on 2011-02-22 20:52:35     Terms of Service / Copyright Rules
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    ||| Comments |||
      I wish I had a Crane wife. I could use some help
    with paying all the bills. What technique did crane woman
    use to trick the farmer? I seem to have missed it.
    Was it just some sleight of feather?
    | Posted on 2012-09-29 00:00:00 | by DaleP | [ Reply to This ]
      It sounds as if someone missed the point.

    Art is rarely logical
    and smart phones
    do not guarantee

    as old tales outlive
    their audience
    and some forget
    what beauty was
    | Posted on 2011-02-23 00:00:00 | by rws | [ Reply to This ]
      This is wonderful, really enjoyed it. It painted lovely pics in my head. i've wanted to learn origami but it just eludes me.
    | Posted on 2011-02-22 00:00:00 | by Runes | [ Reply to This ]

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