This is the graphite

Which has power over written,

Even, over itself.

This is not though the graphite rod,

Which halts a thermo nuclear reaction.

It is not that type of control rod.

But, having once been used,

It is neither radioactive or safe.

The tip itself has no edge, no blade,

Unlike the sword.

The pencil has a soft tip,

When in use it has an

Almost silent erosion.

It has power too.

It can convey humankind

To War or Peace.

Sign the order to attack,

Or the terms of a Peace Treaty.

C 2019 Christopher Thompson

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