The Pencil

The Pencil

The Pencil
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The pencil,
A student's constant
Yellow companion.
Roughly treated and worn.

It wears down,
And slowly dies.
Sharpen it,
And it comes alive
In the hot hand.

Black as night,
Vicious as a snake
It winds on the page --

Or pokes a friend.

Sketches

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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

This was beautiful Laura. The pencil is vicious once it gets going and when people really write then it writes and gets shorter and shorter until it is only about 3" long. Then there is the the thinker, that person just sits there and chews on it instead of writing with it.

I prefer to use the pencil to the pen when I am writing on paper for myself because you can erase your errors to correct them. There are certain times which require the pen and others (like this) where I am always using the computer.

I voted this up, shared it and pinned it.

Kevin


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Ah, the pencil. Where would we be without them? I love to draw and sketch so I can't be without my pencil, but for writing I prefer a pen. Cool poem Laura..I enjoyed it. Voted up.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, Jodah! Glad you liked it!


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, Kevin! We have so many options for writing now that I felt the humble pencil deserved credit for being probably most everyone's first writing method in school. Cheers!


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

The classic yellow #2 pencil was my writing instrument of choice in elementary school, but when I got to high school the pen took favor. In college, I did my math and physics and everything in fountain pen! Now, the computer has replaced most handwriting. But, I'll always be fond of the classic yellow pencil that got me started on my writing career and inspired this poem.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like the ending -- pokes a friend!


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

This is a lovely poem, more so because of the sketches that follow. Interesting to view art from the point of view of the pencil.


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Ryem 2 years ago from Maryland

Laura, this poem made me smile. It brought back so many memories of passing notes and playing around in elementary school. Thanks for sharing!


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments! I had fun writing this poem!


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

My mind is going wild with how amazing the pencil is. Your poem is a delight.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, traveler! Glad you liked this!


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I like this poem, Laura. It's intriguing. :-)


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, Genna! :-)


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anglnwu 2 years ago

Lovely poem. Who knew pencil can get such a glowing review? Thanks for sharing.


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tempestuous-soul 2 years ago from Delhi, India

Lovely poem. I was thinking of writing something about the pencil too. You just inspired me. Being an Architect I know quite a few things about pencils too. Now a days I use a Staedtler 2.0 Mars Mechanical pencil.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Wow, cool! I can't wait to read your poem! Thanks for stopping by!


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

I love the pencil... for my notepads, my crossword puzzles, for doodling...just love them, so of course, I love this, Laura!

Voted UP and Awesome! Hugs, Maria


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, Maria! Hugs back to you!!


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

Laura, a pencil is such a sweet tiny thing. We all ignore it and adore the pen. You are so kind that it got all love from you. I have also learned to admire it. A lovely poem indeed. Voted up with all love. Thank you.


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks and regards for your praise, Harishprasad!


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I think my short attention span is the reason why I love short poems like this one. Just give me the message quickly and I'm one happy reader. That is a long way of saying I enjoyed this poem. I think most writers can relate to it. :)


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Laura Schneider 2 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, billybuc! I love your writing, too: I always learn something unexpected from your works. Cheers!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

wow, you could write so fast for a pencil, voted up


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Laura Schneider 22 months ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, PeachPurple!


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Laura Schneider 22 months ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, PeachPurple!


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Laura Schneider 22 months ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, PeachPurple!


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Prabhjot Saini 22 months ago from Delhi, India

Beautiful poem..... really liked it and the thought behind.......


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Laura Schneider 22 months ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, Prabhjot! It's fun to write silly poems like this about ordinary objects. Regards!

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