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April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing programs at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools and the Writers' Workshop at Rawson Saunders School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you can also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.


Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Yellow pencil,

so shiny and narrow,

taste of wood,

without you, I’ll be doomed—

You help me write

all the things I have in mind:

running farther on my morning jog,

cuddling with my dogs at night,

life and the evening sky.

Yellow pencil,

why are you so fundamental?

All I hear is scratch scratch scratch

you doing your job.

Yellow pencil,

I need you,

I made a mistake

and you help me erase.

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