When Pencil Meets Paper

When pencil meets paper
I condemn the facility
Then come back with the remedy
Praying for all enemies
Cuz I’m too profound
Podium speaking I grasp the crowd
Wit compound word and plenty verbs
Gettin’ pension for my proverbs
Cuz when they hit ya it packs a punch like Moss Berg
Flyin’ round the city I’m a lost bird
In a lost world no longer neat
Just pencil paper everything else is obsolete
The pinnacle is here so where should I try and reach
When there’s no ripe fruits for me to reap
I’m beyond money, cars, clothes, and sneaks
So I write and out the pencil the graphite leaks
So peep my pedigree when my heart beats them beats
And after pencil meets paper let my mind bleed on beats


  1. John Lash on April 12, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    I love this poem. I was in prison nearly 25 years and I discovered the power of writing there, not only to express myself, but to get things done and to sway people to see from my perspective. Keep this gift alive.

  2. Alice Thomsen on April 25, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    I love the rhythm in this poem. It really drives me on, catches me up. The image of graphite leaking is cool too.

  3. Sophia (creative writing teacher in teen group reposting students' reply) on April 26, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    For the Poet of “When Pencil Meets Paper”:

    You definitely have a killer last line, I can say ending on that note you can feel a sort of intensity. This poem definitely feels like a rap, and even has the power to be one. Through this writing I can definitely feel a whole lot of things hit me right off the paper. Although it’s really just writing, you can feel a beat come straight off the paper. While reading your poem, the last line inspired a line to pop up from my head, “You cannot accomplish a feat without first going through a defeat.” Definitely super strong, keep up the awesome work.

    M.M. from Queens

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