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April 7, 2022
By summerchild GOLD, Chandler, Arizona
summerchild GOLD, Chandler, Arizona
11 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Silence speaks so much more than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say you’re crazy.”
-Taylor Swift

“Feminist, a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes…”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Trees are cut and shaved
And sliced to make paper
The lined ones
The blank ones
The watercolor ones
The colored ones for construction
On which we draw and
Write and express our little minds
and ourselves
We fold them and tear them and
Cut them and wet them and paint them
And rip them and trash them and crumple
Them and ink them and color them and
Alter them

Paper was put in my hands
I never had held it
Before in my hands with such
Purpose and pride
Crayons and paper
Colored pencils and paper
Dried out markers
Tips smushed by little hands
As a child I would draw
Misshapen little people
And houses and cars and sunshine
I grew up on paper
I let the white sheet lead my
Untrained hand

I began writing on paper
It let me wash
Out my ideas and erase
And erase and erase
And walk in my cities and
Meet my characters and
Fight my enemies
And talk to myself
It let me flood my
Heart into it’s small blue
Lines the red margin
Always made me stop an
Inch before that red line
I still stop before the red line

But I never thanked the paper
It sounds stupid
Thanking an inanimate
Object that was created
For consumption
But it helped me find
Myself let me release my anxiety
As I drew
Or write my dreams away
It watched me grow up and
Mature and learn to love
I owe paper a lot
So thank you paper
For being the backbone of my life


The author's comments:

Paper has guided me through all sorts of anxiety, sadness, and even just for pleasure. I’ve always been a artist, both in the literary world and in the artistic world. I guess this is my “thank you” letter to paper. 


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on Jul. 4 2022 at 3:17 pm
ILiveToRead PLATINUM, Wailuku, Hawaii
24 articles 3 photos 149 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My music will tell you more about me than I ever will, don't ask me what i'm feeling, ask me what song am I listening to." "I think I'm afraid too be happy, because whenever I get to happy, something bad always happens."

This moved me, an absolutely heartwarming piece.

on Apr. 28 2022 at 12:16 pm
summerchild GOLD, Chandler, Arizona
11 articles 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Silence speaks so much more than screaming tantrums. Never give anyone an excuse to say you’re crazy.”
-Taylor Swift

“Feminist, a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes…”

-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Thank you!

Samhradh GOLD said...
on Apr. 25 2022 at 12:49 pm
Samhradh GOLD, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
18 articles 2 photos 61 comments

Favorite Quote:
Dá fhada an lá tagann an tráthnóna.

(No matter how long the day, evening comes)

I love this! You have a keen eye to find such beautiful meaning behind an ordinary object :)

Afra ELITE said...
on Apr. 25 2022 at 3:21 am
Afra ELITE, Kandy, Other
100 articles 7 photos 1818 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

Aww....This is really touching!!! I love this fantastic dedication to paper...It gives out some awesome imagery...Great Job!!!