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The Pencil

Laura is a technical writer. She enjoys playing the piano, traveling, fine art, and making jewelry.

The Pencil

The Pencil

The Pencil

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.




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© 2014 Laura Schneider


Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on February 04, 2015:

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

Prabhjot from Delhi, India on February 03, 2015:

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

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on January 29, 2015:

Thanks, PeachPurple!

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on January 29, 2015:

Thanks, PeachPurple!

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on January 29, 2015:

Thanks, PeachPurple!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 28, 2015:

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

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on November 16, 2014:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 16, 2014:

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. :)

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on November 04, 2014:

Thanks and regards for your praise, Harishprasad!

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on November 04, 2014:

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.

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on October 04, 2014:

Thanks, Maria! Hugs back to you!!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 02, 2014:

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

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on October 01, 2014:

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

Aniruddha Kar from Delhi, India on October 01, 2014:

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.

anglnwu on September 30, 2014:

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

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 14, 2014:

Thanks, Genna! :-)

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on June 14, 2014:

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

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 12, 2014:

Thanks, traveler! Glad you liked this!

Judy Specht from California on June 11, 2014:

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

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 10, 2014:

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

Ryem from Maryland on June 10, 2014:

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

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on June 09, 2014:

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.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 09, 2014:

I like the ending -- pokes a friend!

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 09, 2014:

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.

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 09, 2014:

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!

Laura Schneider (author) from Minnesota, USA on June 09, 2014:

Thanks, Jodah! Glad you liked it!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 08, 2014:

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.

The Examiner-1 on June 08, 2014:

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.


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