Maryvale Muse

Paper Adventures

Emily Alcaraz

One day it will be withered and faded
One day it will have creased pages, from when I forgot a bookmark
One day I will have misplaced the jacket
One day the spine will be cracked, from when I trusted my brother with it
But none of that has happened yet

Walking out of Barnes and Noble without regrets,
I have to glance into my bag every few seconds
To ensure the safety of my newfound treasure.
It is a journey, and I am ready to depart.

The pleasant pain of paper cuts,
And the calming burn of just brewed tea on my tongue
Remind me of my passion.
A mother will do anything for her child.

As the parabolas and square root signs in front of me
Fade into hopeless blobs of Expo marker,
The fresh stack of paper adventures waiting on my shelf
Soothes my worried mind.

And when the happenings of my own life become all too tiring,
I will finally unveil my new weapon
In the war against melancholy.

Starting over in a similar, yet different world
Where I can have paper adventures forever

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