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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

Crisp

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

 

Remember

She was crazy

 

Then she thought about the orignal brightness of her page

And wondered if  those colors where still there

 

So

Eventually

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

HEL - P

HEL - L

 

This time she choose

 

H E L L O

 

She chose to say hello

To those colors she covered with that black crayon

 

 

Pax

A

11/08/05
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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.

Connie
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
Lena
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.

felix
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.
Richard
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
Anita
My first thought was Hell I must admit...but I was saved by your bell...and O....lols
Gripping psychological write...:)
Blessings
Peter
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!



eT
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.

Reindeer
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,
Joseph
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,

Regis



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