A sharpened pencil
smells like wood

Graphite sprinkles
a feathery wave

Behind careful penmanship
a “C”
“R” or an “A”
leave their mark on the page

Even pressure—
energy generated from the whole arm—
makes a wider and wider arc until
it is drawing

A face
A head
An expression in grey
hatch marks and smudges
pulled from the sole of the hand

Malleable eraser—
another distraction—


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