Pencils delight

“I have owed you this letter for a very long time-
but my fingers have avoided the pencil as though it were an old and poisoned tool. “
~ John Steinbeck

Thanks to Michelle Wallace from “Writer~in~transit” for the inspiration. I’m sorry that it took me so long to reply to the challenge sent in a hand-written letter by Michelle. There is nothing like the joy of finding little blue envelope in the mail box after a long day at work. Thank you Michelle! I also submit this to Victoria’s Monday Morning Writing Prompt with theme – Back to school.

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pencils delight

yellow are the costumes
of the tree leaves,
yellow is the first color
in the pencil’s box,
leading the wooden soldiers
to class with joy.
one merry smile with red charm,
we blend the graphite and
there comes the orange balance.
a tiny bit of green to keep
the youth of the grass in summer,
blue shadows coming from the sea
and the breeze on the sky.
an addition of purple
for every innocent twilight,
with a pinch of pink for the cheeks
in a walk in the mountains,
a lullaby for the dark colors
to keep them jolly in their sleep.
and when the teacher’s bell rings,
let’s pack them in a bag,
relish the tour on the school bus;
let’s start the year with
blessings from the angels;
let’s sing and recite and
learn the secrets of pencils delight.


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© 2011  Broken Sparkles


11 Responses to “Pencils delight”

  1. johnewordslinger Says:

    This is very beautiful, and great to me, thank you, much appreciated, WS

  2. mish Says:

    What a lovely response Blaga ! And it coincided with the MMWP over at Victoria’s place … a 2-in-1 … it worked out well !
    A delightful poem !

  3. Androgoth Says:

    This is a truly wonderful piece of poetry
    broken Sparkles, you have a real talent
    of expressionism, and I will be back to
    view more of your work, both past and
    present :)

    have a really wonderful weekend now :)


  4. Inside the Mind of Isadora Says:

    Oh the wonderful memories, you have helped me recall, of the first day of shcool when our crayons and colored pencils are new and ready for us to create precious pictures for our Mommy and Daddy. I liked ths very much.

    I like the idea of writing letters, too, which I still do to many dear friends. I love the feel of opening the envelope and discovering what’s inside.

    Thanks for stopping by my little humble blog and leaving such a generous comment.

  5. Jamie Dedes Says:

    You rose beautifully to both challenges, Blaga. And ditto on the old-fashioned, always gracious handwritten letter.

    Your poem brings back memories of both my early school days and my sons. Delightfully nostalgic. What joy there was in learning “the secrets of pencils delight.” …. and look what we all are doing now with what we learned then. Bravo!

  6. Bodhirose Says:

    Delightful, Blaga. One of my happiest memories is of getting a new box of crayons or colored pencils–so much fun!

  7. liv2write2day Says:

    Big wide smile from me on this one, Blaga. I still “tingle” when I walk into an office supply store and there’s something about a new pack of pencils! My mom used to buy cans of tuna fish, condensed milk and tweezers everytime she saw them, whether she needed them or not. I do the same with pencils. :0)

  8. souldipper Says:

    Wonderful, Blaga – this reminds me how, as a student, I pledged to keep all my coloured pencils in pristine shape the whole year. I’m afraid the promise dropped in partnership with the falling thermometer.

  9. Jan Freeman Says:

    Wonderfully colorful :-)

  10. dragonkatet Says:

    Oh this was chock full of such good images and memories! :) I love how you used the colors in this piece, and the picture made me smile – I love working with colored pencils – Prismacolors are the best!

  11. Cherlyn Says:

    Ah how I remember colouring with pencil crayons and crayons alike, trying to stay within the lines. This really had the feel of back to school in it, and was a wonderfully sweet poem :) Thank you!

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