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Paper

Appointment letters,
visiting cards:
pieces of paper that say
I am CEO, Field Marshal,
Minister of Railways.

Pieces of paper with ink on them
promises, commitments, obligations
soaked into the fibre.

Pieces of paper that bind
in intangible chains,
light in weight,
stronger than fetters.

But pieces of paper burn,
Pieces of paper crumble,
Pieces of paper dissolve in water.

Commitments can wash away
Obligations get torn up
Promises go up in smoke.

There shan't be any visiting cards
or other pieces of paper:
there shall only be me
and my poems and my dreams.

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