Gareth Writer-Davies



9H Pencil

In the first turn
of the stubby little pencil sharpener
is a reminder for next door

To keep an eye
out for a missing cat
and can they water the tomato plants

A second turn
and the paper thin shaving
rolls away

A third turn
and there’s a new word
that would beat all known scores

The rousing blade
is getting
to the point of the matter

The last twist
is a sealed bond
containing all that you need to know



Gareth Writer-Davies, gardener living in Letchworth. Over last couple of years, after a girlfriend told him to get serious, he has been widely published. In 2012 shortlisted for Erbacce Prize and Highly Commended for Geoff Stevens Memorial Prize.

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