MARCI PHILIPS

ODE TO PAPER

Plain white lined object
Floating through the air in the breeze
Leaving and arriving at different destinations
Movable, portable
Wanting nothing more than
To communicate
To relay words and numbers and symbols
Accepting different languages
Written by different hands
Light-weight
Loose-leaf
Different purposes
Different roles
Without this, little children of all ages
Grown adults with childhood spirit
Could not enjoy the gift of freedom
To make airplanes that
Fly high into the heavens
To make frogs and tigers and birds
That expand our minds
To make footballs that
Cause touchdowns in the middle of class
This dull, reusable, recyclable piece of trash
Is the binding of our society, our culture, our world
Connecting life into a whole