peeling paper, navy blue
worn-down point and faded hue
crackling wax and pigment stain
64 colors but the wrapping won’t stay
they made me in a factory
to color in the lines
but what happens if i lose the cap
and all my ink bleeds dry?
wooden arteries, painted heart
sharpen my senses so i don’t break apart
and when i grow dull, snap me in half
shaved wood hits the tile with a satisfying crack
who am i, if not a tool to be used?
a watercolored face pieced together with glue
64 crayola crayons, but i think i was mistook
for someone who was bright enough to fit in a coloring book