My poem “Unpretentious Pencil” featured on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes blog, Today’s Little Ditty



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.

My poem is from the ditty challenge proposed by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater , on Michelle Heidenrich Barnes Blog, Today’s Little Ditty:  The challenge was to write about something small, an animal or object that we see everyday but “don’t give much thought to.”

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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