December 5, 2004
Millions of folded paper cranes fluttered down from warplanes in the skies over southern Thailand Sunday … Encouraged by the government, Thais across the country — Cabinet ministers, office workers, schoolchildren and even convicts — have been busily folding the Japanese-style origami birds for the past two weeks.
As the birds fell to their targets in the provinces of Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani, school children rushed out to collect them and seek the notes inside.
Did they get the idea from William Gillespie’s electronic writing?
And when it hits, and everyone is braced for the explosion that could kill them, there is only a quiet rustling of paper, and poetry streaming from the sky like tickertape…