Sharpen Those Pencils

“As a poet, sometimes we confuse ourselves, Trying to create ashes, instead of fire ” – Loenard Cohen

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Sharpen Those Pencils

I like to write with a HB lead pencil
I enjoy the earthy feel of wood in my fingers
And the soft touch of carbon upon paper

During sharpening time, my mind ponders
About the origins of those timber shavings
And the history behind the carbon slithers
These tiny trival objects all evoke thoughts
Then the thoughts instigate words in my mind
And simply like that, my writing process begins

I never retire without my note-pad nearby
And a lead pencil as my trusty writing scribe
Sometimes heavy, other times light
A necessary sword to fight off a dark night

Ivor Steven (c) March 2022

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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

34 thoughts on “Sharpen Those Pencils”

  1. I❀️ this poem! You’ve captured this beautifully, Ivor! The last line is perfection…filled with emotion…and so relatable to me! πŸ™‚
    Great photo, Mr. Cohen quote, and song, too.
    I, too, have a pad of paper and a pencil by the bed in case I wake up with an idea or a line of a poem comes to me in my dreams. πŸ™‚ I enjoy going to office supply stores to look at all of the pencils, pens, journals, paper, etc! πŸ™‚ Good times! πŸ™‚
    ✍️ πŸ“ ✏ πŸ“–


    1. Yeah .. great minds think alike βœοΈπŸ€— .. I the Poets of the Fall song 🎢 too, the lyrics seemed appropriate .. I hope you feeling betterer Carolyn .. a Woof woof to Coops from Frankie πŸΆπŸ€—πŸŒπŸ’•

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      1. Thank you! I’m feeling betterer finally! YAY! But, doc says it will take another few weeks to heal completely, so trying to be a good patient-patient. πŸ™‚
        Yes, perfect song!
        Thanks, Frankie! Coop says Woof Woof back, with Cooper-KISSES! 🐢

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