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Topic: Writing a Letter (handwritten correspondence) (10/21/10)
TITLE: A Lost Art?
By Marlene Bonney
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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 parchment—lighter!)
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:
Postcards, notes, and written letters,
Postal service booming!
Penny stamps and postage charges,
Ball-point pens and stationery
Urged us to write letters,
Keeping touch with those who miss us—
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
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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