The mighty pencil
It’s just a pencil
Making a mark in a specific place
On a specific piece of paper
On a specific day.
It only takes a second or two,
No time at all.
Such a simple thing.
But that pencil mark
In that place
On that paper
On that day
Is a momentous political act
Which can change the world.
That pencil mark can channel everything you know and care about
And your hope for a better future.
It won’t give you everything you want,
It’s not the only way to make change,
But don’t let anyone tell you it’s worthless.
It’s not a TV show, it’s not a foregone conclusion and they’re not ‘all the same’.
That pencil mark connects you to all the others making a similar mark,
It’s your transmission belt to a power beyond your own.
So, on that day, in that place, on that paper,
Wield your mighty pencil.
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The Mathematics of Survival (Apr 2017)
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