Following The Rule Of A Pebble

“Pebbles” (first draft) by Nathan Bonyun was created. Nathan said he decided to write about pebbles because “pebbles and blades of grass and small things we don’t think much about and take for granted are neat.”The problem with this draft is that a reader isn’t convinced that each pebble is important, that each small thing matters, because we can’t see or hear or feel these pebbles. Why write about this? No concrete details bring pebbles to life. The meaning that Nathan intends isn’t there.Nathan went outside, got a pebble from the gravel drive, brought it back inside and observed it with his senses, then wrote about these observations. “Pebble” (Final Copy) by Nathan Bonyun sent the poetry world into a frenzy. Now, the rule of a pebble stands, and here is the story of a girl who wrote some poems following it, and wound up blowing a few minds.

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3. "Pebble"- Final Copy by Nathan Boyun

"Now I’m not talking

about any

pebble—
this one I mean—
that’s polygon-shaped
and has
a rough
yet gentle
surface,
that I can roll
around in
my
palm,
that I
can
throw
up
in midair
and
catch
in my hand,
the one
that dropped
on the
table
makes a
click,
rattle,
click,
that’s
so light
I can
balance it
on my
thumb.
Now,
I hope
I’m not
asking
too
much
but 
can
you
look
closely,
like I did
at this
pebble,
then
find
your
own
special
thing
in
the
world?"

My teacher read. 

"Did you 

see the difference?" 

She asked. 

The bobbling heads

all motioned a yes,

and I broke the silence.

 

"You are to write a poem,"

My teacher said

making the others groan.

"Maybe,

you'll find

your own pebble."

 

The bell rang

loud and clear.

The others rushed

and I took my dear time.

 

"Is it 

so much to ask

for a student

who doesn't have 

apathy 

for school?"

She asked

to herself.

 

I tried to ignore her

but 

it was too hard.

Do I have 

apathy?

 

Probably not.

I do my work,

at its finest,

and never forget it.

 

So, I can't 

forget

tonight's work.

 

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