Sharpen, Sharpen, Sharpen

A Pencil Sharpener Poem

From the book When the Teacher Isn't Looking

Sharpen, sharpen, sharpen.
I crank the handle fast.
Sharpen, sharpen, sharpen.
Until it's sharp at last.

Scribble, scribble, scribble.
Hey wait! It still won't write.
Sharpen, sharpen, sharpen.
I crank with all my might.

Sharpen, sharpen, sharpen.
It must be done, I guess.
Scribble, scribble, dribble.
Oh goodness, what a mess!

Darn it, darn it, darn it.
I guess I'll start again.
Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!
I need another pen.

--Kenn Nesbitt


Copyright © 2005 Kenn Nesbitt. All Rights Reserved.

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When the Teacher Isn't Looking


On Jul 23, 2014 ontario from amarica wrote:
awesome poem :)
On Dec 23, 2013 yusra from pakistan and american born wrote:
i love these types of poems
On Dec 18, 2013 Rachel Haase from USA wrote:
Who would sharpen a pen? But don't try to sharpen a pencil eather. I do it, & it breaks it!"
On Nov 5, 2013 betul from australia wrote:
all these poems are so true even this one
On Jul 26, 2013 fun from funnyland wrote:
it's not funny but it's veryveryvery funny!

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Lexile Text Measure: 330L
  Grade Level Measures
ATOS Level: 3.2
Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 2.2
Gunning-Fog Index: 2
SMOG Index: 2.3
Automated Readability Index: 3.9
Grade Level Average: 2.7
  Text Statistics
Word Count: 69 words
Line Count: 16 lines
Average Line Length: 4.3 words
Average Sentence Length: 4.9 words
Average Word Length: 4.8 letters


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