Once upon a time
a pencil wanted to write poetry
but it didn't have a point.
One day a boy put it into the sharpener
and instead of a point,
a river appeared.
by Jesus Carlos Soto Morfin
translated by Judith Infante
This is a poem appearing in The Tree is Older Than You Are, a bilingual anthology of poems and stories from Mexico by Naomi Shihab Nye. Jesus Carlos Soto Morfin is the youngest poet in the anthology.