February 2, 2010
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The ever ignored multi-tasker
Humbly waits to bend to your every beck and call
(Not that he has any choice)
A dreary fate
Or is it?

The substance that is always first
To hear the authors loving hands record
The beginning details in the next epic novel
Backstage passes the world never acknowledges
Or is it?

The only material suited for the venting of one’s

Does ‘Dear Diary,’ sound familiar?
Does Paper really care what so-and-so called so-and-so?
Does Paper’s opinion really count?
Or is it?

The first and only option
When aircraft is needed and no one has 3 tons of

Soars, flits, flutters
No one complains at the shortage of materials
Some might at the carrying capacity
Or is it?

Covered in patterns
Ready to chart
The newest designs
Architecture or Math class
It’s prepped and ready for anything
Or is it?

Lined, packaged, stacked in translucent prisons
What will it be used for when it is released?
Spelling tests, personal narratives,
Or the passed note with a fate of the trashcan
Fortunate to survive the school day
Or is it?

Strung, twisted, entwined
A welcomed snake
Covering every colorless visible piece of exterior
Preparing for hours of screams,
At least one celebration song,
And an endless supply of cake waved under its nose
Or is it?

Miles of bound printed words
Made for the reader but Paper gets the first look
Little Paper people on a little Paper stage
Dancing on the pages
Before their performance to the awaited audience
Or is it?

The preferred writing material of all mankind,
May have a life of its own
Sure it has to listen to to-do lists,
Countless games of hangman and tic-tac-toe,
Endless phone numbers,
Millions of plays starring doodled people,
(Sometimes a taste of the always evasive cupcake)
The list goes on forever
(As Paper knows as it is written on him)
What does it contain?
Routine or Excitement?
You choose.

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mindymax said...
Apr. 8, 2010 at 2:42 pm
wow this is amazing , i love how you make a flimsy piece of paper so much life and power, keep on truckin'
hyperactivemayfly This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 29, 2010 at 11:29 am
AAMAZING!!! one of my friends wrote something vaguely comparable to this, about the paper rebelling against the author, but this poem was just... Wow. Just wow. I'm sorry, but my eloquence is failing me.
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