Sunday, March 18, 2018

Thoreau and the Pencil

The Pencil and The Word

Henry David Thoreau
found experience and words
to move us all forward,
if we but have the wit to move,

I think of him
as my pen misses some
of the sureness of ink to paper
we usually assume must be how things are,

Thoreau and family ran a small factory
that made excellent pencils in early New England,
the cheap and easy writing implement of that time,

for me, our technology has moved past pencils,
yet, as I think of Thoreau,
I want to know the pencil:
cheap, democratic,
a way for the Word
to express itself.

by Henry H. Walker
March 16, ‘18

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