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A Bucket of Broken Crayons
by A PAX
Monday, May 22, 2006
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A Bucket of Broken Crayons


There was a crazy woman

Who had a bucket of broken crayons

And a white piece of paper

She scribbed colors all over it's surface

Till not a sliver of white showed

Every inch was covered

No rhyme or reason to her pattern of colors

Because she was crazy

Just colors


She never did anything with the paper

Just kept it

As it was


Then she was given a new black crayon

Sharp, pointed and black


She had used up her bucket of broken crayons

And since she only had one piece of paper

She started to color over the colors

Black Black Black

The color black took over every inch of the page

Smothering the colors

Until they were just a memory


She looked at her paper

Just looked



She was crazy


Then she thought about the orignal brightness of her page

And wondered if  those colors where still there




The crazy woman took the looped end of a bobby pin

And scratched through the black


They were still there

Under the surface


But as she scratched through, she was not sure

What colors she would find, and where

So every effort to reach down through the surface

Was rewarded with a surprise

As different colors streaked up through the black surface


Before she knew it

Bobby pin in hand she had scratched through a border design

On her paper


The crazy woman smiled


Kept playing with her bobby pin

Because thats what crazy women do


She scratched through a thick letter H

In the center of her page


She looked at it

Just looked


And could not figure out what would follow that H

Soon she scratched the letter E


She felt uncomfortable

H and E could lead to a few things


She just looked at the page

Then scratched through a L


She put her bobby pin down

Left the table


I have been childish too long she thought

A crazy woman with a bucket of  broken crayons


Actually she was afraid

To see what letters would follow

Because her bobby pin scratches were deliberate

Not like her random colors

Or her blanket of black


She could write




This time she choose




She chose to say hello

To those colors she covered with that black crayon





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Reviewed by Jayne Waggoner (Reader) 12/13/2008
what a wonder poem. I enjoyed every surprise. An enjoyable read.
Reviewed by chris stienstra 9/24/2007
Standing ovation for this write.
Awesome in its scope and message, but, wonderfully beautiful in its message of simplicity and realization. We should all learn a lesson from this lady! (Also, thank you for your kind words for "Lady of the Forest")
With my best regards chris
Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/22/2007
Hi, Apax, this is an intriguing story. I could almost feel the conflicting emotions of this dear lady as she pondered what letter should come next. I applaud her for stepping out of her comfort zone just enough to venture a timid "hello."

If you're wondering how I came to read so long after you wrote it, it was one of the featured poems in a sidebar. So now you know.

Reviewed by H. Lena Jones 5/31/2007
Wow! This is amazingly deep, Anita. You drew me in right from the beginning and held my attention til the end. At first I thought of hell, but quickly decided I didn't want it be, so I quickly thought He Lives...
A brilliant piece of work! We are all given free will. It's up to us to make the right choices.

Love and peace
Reviewed by Jo Pelletier 4/25/2007
Very very profound. Loved it, Anita!
It reminds me...we all have to make choices
and hopefully good ones.
:>) Jo P
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 5/24/2006
Thought provoking write!!
Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/22/2006
...insanity rules...especially you and I & Rufuz...;) Ed
Reviewed by jude forese 5/22/2006
as we uncover the dark side of our nature, we see its full of color and possibility ... great write ...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/22/2006
I am amazed at the depth and breath of this write and how it can be applied to so much in this world and yet revert back to simplicity itself. The world so vibrant in colour, eroding to the blackness with time and then once more finding the light only to be duped into word play on colour play, Very effective and definately draws the readers full attention.

Reviewed by richard cederberg 5/22/2006
I agree with Kate, this is a multi-faceted allegory that will probably affect everyone differently.
Quite thought-provoking Pax.
I really believe Einstein and a ten year old would probably appreciate this equally.
Funny how we affect what is will affect what will be.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 5/22/2006
Wonderful allegory that I found compelling the first time I read it and has lost absolutely none of its lustre or depth in the re-telling. This is like a "Magic Tableau" in that you can do this over and over again and yet produce a different effect each and every time, and each time more powerful than the last. This write makes an impact in a penetrating yet compassionate way. This my kinda crazy!! :)) Bless you and thank you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 5/22/2006
I agree with Peter...
Gripping write..
xxx dove
Reviewed by Peter Paton 5/22/2006
My first thought was Hell I must admit...but I was saved by your bell...and O....lols
Gripping psychological write...:)
Reviewed by Jennifer Butler 5/22/2006
Oh, I remember when we did this as an art project in Elementary School. Your picture was revealed when you scraped the black off of the multi-colored background. Really neat effect.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/22/2006
Anita, you are so wise ! what a superb psychological profile you have painted here with your splendid array of colorful thoughts.

She chose Hello! More sanity than any sane person has;-)! Thank you!

Reviewed by ROCK-Salt! Proctor 5/22/2006
Aren't we all a little crazy, Anita? I know, I am. Great write. Art
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/22/2006
Oh my, what a powerful and deeply moving poem. I liked this, gives me some thoughts to ponder on. excellent.

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 5/22/2006
Hello is a wonderful start, especially when accompanied by a smile!
Crazy or not, still carrying my bucket of broken crayons as if it were a treasure.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/22/2006
What a completely compelling and thought-inciting write, Anita. It leaves me on the edge of the precipice of thought. Well done. Thank you for sharing your gift. Love and peace to you,


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