Call me Parchment,
says Paper.
It’s like calling
a person
or Boss.  

Call me Gem,
says Rock,
smoother than
a skipping stone,
harder than
black coal.  

Call me like a bell calling your kids to dinner,
says Scissors. See, I have two legs, and I’m small.
Call me Ish. Call me Mael. Don’t call me
late.  Don’t call me for dinner.
Call me like a suicide hotline
when you feel alone, when you think about cutting.