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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)

TITLE: A Lost Art?
By Marlene Bonney
10/27/10


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Chiseled pictures on sandy walls
Made by sharpened stone tools:
Hieroglyphics in wet-wedged clay,
Berried inks in small pools.

Writing stylus, formed of metal
Made for scribes and writers;
Waxy tablets spoke of musings
(Scrolls and parchmentólighter!)

Paper mills and printing presses;
Ink composites better:
Iron-salts and gum (nutgalls)
Made for less-blotched letters.

Feathers, quills, bamboo, pencils,
Fountain pens and brushes;
Graphite, clay, and berries giving
Colors, hues, and blushes.

Romans, Greeks, and Hebrews scripted
Alphabets for spelling;
Cadmus taught a new invention:
Correspondence telling!

Postcards, notes, and written letters,
Postal service booming!
Penny stamps and postage charges,
Envelopes, perfuming.

Ball-point pens and stationery
Urged us to write letters,
Keeping touch with those who miss usó
Firing typesetters!

Missives dispatched in a flurry,
Greeting cards and tidings.
Friends and loved ones we connect with,
Thoughts and words abiding.

Time and effort now outmoded,
Written letters dated;
Phonic text-ing and e-mailing
Constantly inflated.

Elevated costs for mailing
Blinding us to reason;
Instant sending and receiving:
Subtly creates treason!

Things we hope for have more value,
Often are more favored;
Pages written in our honor,
Memories to savor.


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Catrina Bradley 10/29/10
Nicely done. I espcially appreciate the part about the rising cost of postage - how much easier (and cheaper) it is to send an email! Great title - that hand-written letter is truly a lost art.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/31/10
This is done with such a flair of art and brilliance. I really liked how you traveled through time. Nicely done.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/04/10
Congratulations for placing 28th overall!