Allegory(ish) of the Pen

Allegory(ish) of the Pen

When did the (pen) stop being named a tool and become
exactly what (it) is…

not a punishment or reward
not a motivation or resource
not a reason or cause
not an avenue or bridge

an intricate definition crafted and created

by the one who holds
by the place ink lands
by the message ink relays
by the one who benefits

…with use, a complex personalized grammatical shift
from noun to verb