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Sunday, 27 February 2011

A Way With Words


The old word typewriter 
He had a way with words
Quietly sat post, past his prime

Nothing fancy just letters on keys
Staged, mounted  on wood of fancy 
Named royal for in his day, glorious stood 

He was royal and dear
Majestically it made sounds, echoing the room 
Like foot steps of  giants on a stampede

With every push of the keypad
Decibals of vibration announced 
It made music, no one tried dancing to


Fright for the typos
How many pages thrown down scrap heap
The forest stood with fear


Imagination had to have a pass with words
Yet in his day, many a word were sang aloud
Today quietly it rests, renamed antiquate

15 comments:

  1. Very nicely done. Respectful while still discussing limitations. "It made music, no one tried dancing to" So very true and well said. Apt choice in names for it at the end. Also, the opening stanza has a smooth narrative tone to it.

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  2. "I remember It well." I remember the 'many pages thrown down scrap heap" I use to get very frustrated with all my mistakes...

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  3. "the forest stood with fear" made me smile. Nice one.

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  4. like giant footsteps, (a) stampede...yeah...wish i could have typed that fast...i knew some that could...nice play...

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  5. i loved the typewriter makings sounds ..echoing the room Like foot steps of giants..wow!

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  6. I can imagine someone like Tenesee Williams sitting at one of these. Way to go royalty x

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  7. Well done. I enjoyed teading this!

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  8. That would be "reading!" No spell check on the Royal either!

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  9. What a great read. And lest we get too nostalgic...

    Fright for the typos
    How many pages thrown down scrap heap
    The forest stood with fear

    Also, Like the way you call him, "He."

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  10. From Royal to antique. Once a proper name, now a common one. I think of how this machine revolutionized communication, yet so many young have no idea what it is!

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  11. From past moments of glory, to now, memories of a giant's stampede... wow, just memories of antique days.

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  12. Well done ...the sounds of the keys singing...that is a symphony of words...bkm

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  13. I used to have a typewriter like that. My fingers used to get caught in the keys every now and then...ouchie.

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  14. Solid rolls-off-the-tongue line-breaks, flow and word choices.

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  15. I love it! I love all the last two lines in each stanza, juxtaposed against the first line. It works so well it makes it perfect because it's unexpected. Thanks, Kodj for such delightful images.

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