The Stapler

A snake that waits
with steely patience
unseen among the fallen leaves
but when a chosen few slip by
it snaps!
striking with a bang
piercing the skin
with silver fangs
that never let go.


It’s day one of National Poetry Month and I’ve started my month-long project of writing a poem a day about things you would find on/in a desk. My alternate working title is “tools for school.” My goal is to write every day, and I’ve paired up with poet extraordinaire and March Madness finalist Buffy Silverman in an effort to see that through. I’ve also signed up with all of you, though I’m still mulling over the pros and cons of sharing every day. In any case, Day 1 is done. See you tomorrow, or maybe Friday.

My next stop is Jama Rattigan’s round up of all the kidlitosphere poetry fun. I hope you’ll visit her too.


© Elizabeth Steinglass, all rights reserved, 2015.

14 replies
  1. Linda Baie
    Linda Baie says:

    I remember loving your poems around the neighborhood, Liz, and now this new idea is starting off great-those “fangs that never let go”. That’s a stapler for sure. Best wishes for whenever you write!

  2. Heidi Mordhorst
    Heidi Mordhorst says:

    This is really vivid, Liz, and I think kids will really enjoy any other “desk animals” that you can come up with! We always call the staple remover “Jaws”…maybe that works for you too! Good luck with your project. I found it very helpful to know that I had weekends off with my March project. : )

    • Liz Steinglass
      Liz Steinglass says:

      Thanks, Heidi. I will look for more desk animals. Jaws is perfect! And you are very wise to suggest weekends off. I remember last year wishing I’d done that.

  3. amyludwigvanderwater
    amyludwigvanderwater says:

    Now I am almost scared of my stapler!
    This is tons of fun…a great challenge and great poem to kick it off.
    Our desks will never look the same!
    Off to share your project.


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