Graphite and Lead

pencils…pencils
used to be made of lead,
but lead could kill
and so graphite
traced the truth
as it was
and
as it was seen
because
graphite was safe
and truth was freedom

until

lead returned
hot with hate
leaving a blood wake
in its madness

lead does what it always has
while graphite does the same
as one’s life is the other’s death

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