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[white paper #28]

could get a credit card loan car

come and go without a never had

to think about a school work job

to open doors to buy a rent a nice

place yard park beside a walk

in any store without a never had

to dress to buy a dress shoes under-

wear to understate or –play myself 

to make myself heard to get across 

a street a never mind point I never

had to earn the right to climb  

my own if I should lose my key or

all I own my open door world was all 

before me where to choose to and I

Credit


Copyright © 2011 by Martha Collins. Used with permission of the author.

Author


Martha Collins

Martha Collins was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1940.

Date Published: 2011-03-24

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/white-paper-28