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On Paper (Jacqueline Amanda Woodson)
On Paper (Jacqueline Amanda Woodson)

On Paper
by Jacqueline Amanda Woodson

The first time I write my full name

Jacqueline Amanda Woodson

without anybody's help
on a clean white page in my composition notebook
I know

if I wanted to

I could write anything.

Letters becoming words, words gathering meaning
thoughts outside my head.

Becoming sentences

written by

Jacqueline Amanda Woodson.