Ravi Kopra

An Ode To Chalk

Brittle
easily powdered
you come in all colors
pink, orange, red, blue
yellow, indigo, all hues
I use white to write and prove
theorem of Pythagoras on
black boards for my students
kids use it to color their books
artists use it to draw nudes
in all shapes and sizes -
the pleasant plumps
with huge butts and boobs
and the skinny like bamboo shoots
all bare bones no flesh to hide
no boobs, no butts, no nothing
just pretty faces with smiles
all luster and lust, nothing else
but chalk, O dear chalk
all of them, you immortalise
glory to you O chalk
they live on and you
only a short life.

Topic(s) of this poem: art, life

Poem Submitted: Monday, October 9, 2017
Poem Edited: Thursday, March 1, 2018

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Inspired by Pablo Neruda's odes and
a poem at this site by Subash Chandra Chakra.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (8/21/2018 10:30:00 PM)

    (cont.) [i meant i still liked....your poem]

    once i stopped at a psychic fair and looked around, deciding to have a 'psychic'-artist draw a pastel(s) /colored chalk 'montage' of portraits of me as i appeared to the psychic's mind? in my past lives.

    some were male, some female, some old, & some young me's. i don't believe OR disbelieve in psychics, but i did enjoy the experience and the resulting art; but, alas, i disposed of it years ago.
    bri ;)

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (8/21/2018 10:29:00 PM)

    ya know, i THOUGHT the title sounded like one i'd read. see comment from Dec.2017 (or not): i think i meant to type I'll take a bamboo shoot!

    i still like it! (cont.)

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  • Denis MairDenis Mair (5/23/2018 10:35:00 AM)

    Chalk is ephemeral, yet it builds a landscape. From the time when diatoms grew exoskeletons, chalk was deposited on the sea bottom, to become the cliffs of Dover. Now it is deposited on paper.

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  • Jette Blackstone (12/23/2017 8:09:00 AM)

    I agree with Bri. I love poems that take something so seemingly ordinary as chalk and then turn them into the spectacular or that use them to widen a worldly perspective. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (12/2/2017 8:16:00 PM)

    I enjoyed poem. I like poems telling of mundane things, but showing thought and creativity.

    The chalk lives on, but in a powdered form.

    I'll take a bamboo stalk, please. I mean bamboo stick.

    ToMyPoemList.
    Bri :)

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  • Akhtar Jawad (11/2/2017 4:35:00 AM)

    Chalk, chemically Cacium Carbonate, has been playing a very important role in the field of education since long. As a teacher you know what a rainbow is made on the black board by using these colorful writer. As a poet you have written a nice poem on chalk. Thanks for sharing such a lovely poem.

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  • Rupert HentzauRupert Hentzau (10/28/2017 4:30:00 AM)

    O chalk, chalk, chalk
    Screeching across the blackboard
    As I write
    Basically I prefer white
    Calcium carbonate
    Other colours I hate
    Except may be yellow
    You need a colour that's bright
    Shining out against the black (board) like light.

    Bon voyage, it said
    To our math teacher
    Headed for Kenya
    For better prospects
    He was so precise when he used the chalk
    He almost made it talk
    That's how we came to love math.

    My English teacher used chalk
    To display her calligraphic art
    She taught poetry straight from the heart.

    I can't remember anything more about chalk
    Except that when they were reduced to inch sized pieces
    We used to throw them at each other,
    But it was not as much fun as fighting battles
    With paper bullets whizzing from rubber bands.

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (10/11/2017 11:46:00 AM)

    And you did it dear poet, Excellent piece, last time I had taken it to be a part of your letter.
    Loved you approach, the way you look at things.
    Quoting yours...

    O dear chalk
    all of them, you immortalise
    glory to you O chalk
    they live on and you
    only a short life.
    Tanks Raviji...
    10++ for it.Subhas

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    Ravi Kopra(10/11/2017 12:01:00 PM)

    You are welcome, Subhas.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/9/2017 4:25:00 PM)

    Brittle or easily powdered chalk comes in all colors. Students like this more. White writes and proves life. Brilliant perception is shared and this is nice tribute to poets Pablo Neruda and Subash Chandra Chakra. You are clever enough....10

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    Ravi Kopra(10/9/2017 4:32:00 PM)

    Thanks for reading my poems and your compliments.

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  • Ravi Kopra (10/9/2017 4:18:00 PM)

    I posted my comment as a poem at https: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/an-ode-to-chalk/
    and gave you credit for inspiration.

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