8.8.16 // #23 – what is ruled paper?

paper in school is odd
“write along the lines”
those dotted lines
have constricted us
to many ends
but we write along them
anyway, to not be yelled at

then. they give us proper lined paper: wide-ruled
they make us scrawl smaller
write along the lines
and yell at us in that
there is some inconceivable way
to write the wrong way
but we write along them
to appease their yells

then. they give us “college-ruled”
in middle school.
they want us to write smaller
consolidate, condense.
confine your words. these lines are prisons.
there is no other way
to write on ruled paper.

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