Paper Cranes

Paper Cranes

Hope trickles down in purple rain 
As I wait for the morning light
Amidst one thousand paper cranes.

Anxiety flows through my veins,
Cries of anguish deep in the night.
Hope trickles down in purple rain.

The robins sing in sweet refrain,
Welcoming the sun with delight
Amidst one thousand paper cranes.

Bury my fears, bury my pain, 
Spilling tears and ink as I write.
Hope trickles down in purple rain.

Breaking free from these heavy chains,
I am a lone dove taking flight
Amidst one thousand paper cranes.

Simple words can never explain
Depression’s devastating plight.
Hope trickles down in purple rain 
Amidst one thousand paper cranes.

Colleen Keller Breuning © 2021
March 26, 2021

I was going to write a light-hearted ditty about bears having a picnic in the forest, but I just couldn’t make it work within the confines of this week’s Blogophilia prompts. The Prince lyrics and the paper cranes steered me to write this villanelle, a poetry format I have not written in a while. It was fun, like putting a word puzzle together. I love that kind of challenge!

One of my favorite fairy tales was the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. It brings back wonderful childhood memories of Mom reading us bedtime stories from an old book.  I just purchased an enchanting book for Posie that also features this illustrated story.  I can’t wait to give it to her and better yet, read it to her!

The paper cranes/purple rain image above was created by me…using commons pics from Pixabay.

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 2.14 TopicThe Three Bears
Hard Bonus (2 points):  Use a lyric from a Prince song (“purple rain” from Purple Rain; “I am a dove” from I Would Die 4 U) 
Easy Bonus (1 Point): Mention “paper cranes”

This Week’s Pic


  1. Fairy tales (in blog)
  2. Goldilocks & the Three Bears (in blog)
  3. Wonderful childhood memories (in blog)
  4. Bedtime stories (in blog)
  5. Childhood imagination
  6. Shadow dancing
  7. Childhood dreams
  8. Dreamland
  9. Read me a story, Mommy!
  10. Alone in my room

Topic:  Leta    Picture:  Stormy


  1. Excellent villanelle Earthling, 8 points

  2. Beautiful Poem and beautiful image of the paper cranes in the rain. My Grandmother read us the Three Bears from an old book too. How exciting that you will get to read it to Posie! Those are the most precious moments!!

    1. Thank you dear friend! Yes I love that the prompts took me back to those childhood memories, which I look forward to making with my sweet Posie!! ❤ ❤

  3. Lovely poem. So, when are you going to purchase the second home in 30A?

    1. Haha! I wish I could afford to buy on 30A – unfortunately my tastes are more Santa Rosa Beach than Panama City Beach lol!!! I think our plan in retirement will be to rent a few months a year on the two coasts since we have one kid on each coast! 😉

  4. Irene Melgoza says:

    Love the villanelle!

    1. Thank you sweet Irene! ❤ ❤

  5. I always enjoy your words, you have a creative mind and heart that always draws attention.

  6. tylermyrth72 says:

    I sort of wondered if the Prince lyrics would drive you this week

  7. likamarie says:

    I think you need a song compliation!

  8. Dia Jae says:

    I really like this!

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