Wednesday, March 16, 2016

DMC: "Unpretentious Pencil" – poem and sketch by Michelle Kogan

© 2016 Michelle Kogan

Pencils peering out
waiting patiently for
their purpose, or a
person’s poppycock to
not so pleasingly pour

out… But wait there’s more,
those indescribable
words winding off their points,
even poppycock might
please an unpretentious

pencil. And still more…
The sketch that dances off
the tip, sends the tool
into a tizzy for
an eternity, till…

Exhausted, pencil
rests, catches breath, and waits
again patiently,
with fellow pencils to
be discovered once more…

© 2016 Michelle Kogan. All rights reserved.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has challenged us to write poems about small things— animals or objects you see everyday and don't give much thought. Click HERE for more details.

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  1. So now I know your secret, Michelle– magic pencils... "words winding off their points" <– love that!

  2. Since most of what flows out of my pencil is poppycock, I enjoyed a big smile with this one.
    Michelle K. has not a way with pencils, but at least two ways with them - cool sketch artist, she is.

  3. Thanks Jan! Dashing off now to help some students with both writing and sketching in my Children's Picture Book Class...

  4. Your sharp little ditty drew a grin on my face too Michelle K! Thanks!

  5. I think my pencils may be staging a revolt due to neglect. Sad pencils who just want to fill pages with silly poems deserve some of my attention! Thanks for your poetic reminder.

    1. Thanks Janie, all the best with your pencils and silly poems.

  6. This is terrific. I particularly love the last stanza. Thanks for this poem.

    1. Thanks Rosi, and what a great ditty prompt we were given!

  7. This poem if lovely. It made me take a look at my pen cup with new eyes!