NaPoWriMo Day Seventeen: Deluxe Manual Hand-Crank Pencil Sharpener

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Deluxe Manual Hand-Crank Pencil Sharpener
by ARHuelsenbeck

every classroom had one in the cloak room
its base screwed into solid wood
a removable, emptiable reservoir for the pencil shavings
on one end a handle which turned
2 cylinders with sharp striations
that shaved the pencil point into a deadly dart
on the other end a round rotating plate
with openings to match any possible pencil diameter
select the one that perfectly matches your writing utensil

the industrious sound it made
when you turned the crank
the mechanical grinding of wood and graphite
the thrill of removing your pencil
and examining its newly-tapered tip

but don’t crank too long
or you’d be left with a pathetic stub

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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