“When I Tell My Family,” from Brown Girl Dreaming (Jacqueline Woodson)

When I tell my family
I want to be a writer, they smile and say,
We see you in the backyard with your writing.
They say,
We hear you making up all those stories.
And,
It’s a good hobby, we see how quiet it keeps you.
They say,
But maybe you should be a teacher, 
a lawyer, 
do hair…

I’ll think about it, I say

And maybe all of us know

this is just another one of my
stories.

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