- Books, Literature, and Writing
Smearing, leering pencil marks
Mere graphite being written
On a page. Isn’t it queer
How the type of paper determines
Whether or not the pencil smears?
I think I may switch to pen-
This way I won’t have to spend
So much time erasing and
Spacing out trying to figure out
What to do next so I may ban
The pencil and welcome in pen.
In art one is supposed to draw
In pencil, but pencil mars the page
With its charcoal gray smears.
Which really look like blotches or tears
On a finished page-
Which then throws me into a rage.
Isn’t it ironic then that
This work is written in pencil?
That sooner or later these
Words will be lost; so I guess:
There goes my anger
Down the drain and
It trickles away like
A summer rain.