Origami. By Kellie Turtle. From ‘The God Delusion’ Greenbelt 2007.
I am trying to learn origami by going backwards. I have stolen a paper crane from the shoebox of junk in the corner and am unfolding it slowly, stopping with each reversing stage to commit the shape and passing landmarks to memory. I quickly discover that it doesn’t work. When I reach the beginning of all this unravelling I am forced to accept that, despite its map of lines and creases, what lies before me on the table is just a piece of paper and I am powerless to turn it back into a bird.