Origami Heaven

Cloud 9 - Cartoons and poetry

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Six short poems on the interpretation of signs

Rabbits multiply

but that seems to be

the limit of their

mathematical ability.



Adders accumulate -

so it’s surely a mistake

that we climb up ladders

yet slide down snakes?



The Chinese, apparently,

taught us to take away,

thus diminishing

our culinary capacity.



Whoever decided

that sharing is divisive

surely misunderstood

what family life is?



The Babylonians,

it is said,

invented nothing,

which seems odd.

Though it is true, of course,

that their achievements

finally came to nought.



The Prime Minister, traditionally,

is primus inter pares,

though our task,

in this context,

is surely to ask,

‘First among equals who?’