A Pencil in the Hand
(for Alvin Guevarra)
“Smith sat very still, staring into the calm brown eyes of death across a polished table of Vietnamese rosewood.”
–William Gibson, Neuromancer.
A pencil in the hand of Alvin, folks,
Is ninety times as deadly as a gun
In the hand of a lesser man. Love jokes?
Well, don’t laugh now – because this isn’t one.
Onto that point he focuses a ton
Of force. That guy can kill an elephant.
Indeed, we know of greater deeds he’s done.
The wise man never mutters: “Alvin can’t.”
And now there’s no more need to rave and rant.
If you do not believe, these words in lines
Won’t make you. Shall I waste my breath? I shan’t.
I’ll fix my mind on loftier designs.
The pencil’s in his hand. Don’t get the shakes.
Remember: Alvin doesn’t make mistakes.