April 8, 2021

By Caleb E. King


Sometimes I look into my drawer of old sketches,

Take one out, and admire the dark lines and etches.

Memories are recalled, all unique and precious.


The deeper I look, the worse the sketches become.

Some are realistic, shaded with a smear of my thumb;

Others are cartoons, but I don’t think them a poor outcome.


All these sketches helped me express my emotion—

The joy I felt gazing at the deep blue ocean,

Or the anxiety of large crowds and commotion.


Each one holds a little, special place in my heart.

All the time I spent helped me develop my art;

Even the smallest stick-figure sketch played its part.


What makes me smile even more than that happy thought

Is that every nature and cartoon sketch I wrought

Was a try to catch nature’s beauty, but for naught.


However, even though my attempts may fall flat,

I still try to capture creation’s wonder that

I can really only sit back and marvel at.


Caleb E. King is a young writer, avid reader, and most importantly, a child of God. If he isn’t writing, drawing, or reading, you might find him enjoying the outdoors, having a good time with friends, or savoring a large mug of tea. He began to write as soon as he could spell and has kept at it ever since. He read Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia when he was eight, and he’s now a complete Tolkien/Lewis freak. A wish of his is to one day write and publish fantasy novels at least half as good as some of the ones he’s read. You can learn more about him and his writing on his blog, www.calebeking.com, where he posts short stories, poetry, writing advice, and other fun things.


    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you, Annika! 🙂

  1. Heather

    Oooh I love it!! Nice job, man!!! ^-^

  2. Sophia Foto

    Ah, that was magnificent! I love the lines about relating art to specific feelings! I’m so happy this got published! Thanks for brightened my day!

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you so much, Sophia! Aw that means a lot! I’m glad I could make your day better! 😀

  3. Esther L

    Yay Calby III! I love this. I can’t draw for the life of me, but I love this poem XD

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you so much Esther!! 😀

    • Jenny Chasteen

      This is so relatable! Nice work, Caleb!

  4. Svannah Lea Morello

    Mm, I love this! It perfectly captures the attitude I wish I had towards my old writing

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you! Yes, we should look back at our old art and writing as stepping stones. If we hadn’t created it, we wouldn’t be where we are now! 🙂
      Thanks for reading!

  5. Olivia Catherine

    That was so cool, Caleb! Thank you for sharing that with us! And that’s awesome that you finally got published on SE!!! Yay!!!!!!

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you so much, Olivia! 😀

  6. Rachel

    I love this! The attempt to capture a moment in time, the majesty of nature—that’s art. And poetry too; you did such a good job of capturing this feeling!

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you, Rachel! Yes! Agreed!
      Thank you for reading!

  7. Daniel L. Amador

    I really liked this, bro! It was very good.
    I tried rapping it in my head in an NF style and it sounded awesome… XD

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you, Daniel! It means a lot!
      Ahaha that’s great! XDXD

  8. Natalie

    Awesome job, Caleb! It feels so good to be published, doesn’t it? 😉 Keep writing!

    • Caleb E. King

      Thank you!! Yes, it feels awesome! 😀

  9. Beth Darlene

    Awesome, Caleb! Loved this a lot! =)

    • Caleb E. King

      Thanks so much, Beth!!

  10. Sara Twinkle

    Hi, I’ve seen you on YWW, so I wanted to say,



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