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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)

TITLE: Olden Ways
By lynn gipson


What became of pen and paper?
Technology took their places,
A keyboard and fast flying fingers,
write words with rhythms and paces.

Remember those old love letters,
With beautifully worded writing?
Penmanship flowed in those days,
Made reading much more exciting.

Now I can barely sign my name,
For the practice my fingers lack,
I attempted to write a grocery list,
The items were hard to read back.

In days gone by I hand wrote notes,
Ink flowed through my finger tips,
Made it so much more personal,
As if to come straight from my lips.

Once I read a wonderful story,
Written by pen and on paper,
Words created to dance and sing,
Swirling and whirling to taper.

Back then the words spoke volumes,
By the hand of the unknown writer,
The picture he painted was awesome,
His handwriting made it much lighter.

Ah, we have it easy today,
We type and copy and print,
Still, I often long for a letter,
Like mail from the snail is sent.

On second thought, I love to type,
Why should I rant and complain?
Though my fingers no longer fit a pen,
They are better for less of the strain.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/24/14
This Is A Nice Whimsical Piece. It Flowed Nicely. I Long For Pen And Paper Now Because For Some Strange Reason My Tablet Is Insisting On Capping The First Letter Of Each Word. I May Have To Disagree With You About That Technology Line. Seriously! You Did A Great Job. Now If I Can Just Figure Out What I'm Doing Wrong.
C D Swanson 07/25/14
Truths and plenty of fun in this piece. I found myself smiling and agreeing about "the signature part" --most of the younger generation today don't know the art of penmanship.

This was spot on and unique in content, delivery and message.

Loved it!

God bless~
JK Stenger07/26/14
Nicely done. It somehow made me long for the days of yore. Ha. Days of pen and paper, but also the days of youth when our fingers could simply write and write without pain and so forth. You wrote you seem to only be able to come up with poetry? Ha. That doesn't seem to be a problem.
Carol Hind07/26/14
Hey, please dont feel you need to apologize for writing poems it is still a creative piece of work. Im no expert on poetry but I do like this. It flows well and I appreciate its rhythm and rhyme. I agree with you on one level (would love to receive more letters by snail mail) but disagree on another (I prefer keyboard and screen my writing becomes totally illegible with attempts to capture thoughts as quickly as they come). I particularly liked the 3rd and 5th verses. Great job.
Joe Moreland07/26/14
Spoken like a true right-hander! Us left handed people know that handwriting is over rated. Computers have put us on a level playing field. :)

Seriously, though, you did a great job with this piece. The imagery is vivid and you bring your words to life. They do dance and sing and speak volumes for you in this entry.
Fiona Stevenson07/27/14
Set my feet tapping and fingers rapping - thank you. God bless you.
Jennifer Liang07/27/14
Nice job sharing the good memories we have of how things used to be when we wrote on paper and with pen. Most of us still do write sometimes but not to the same extent that we used to.

Diane M. Bowman 07/27/14
I agree. Pen and paper sounds like such a good idea until I actually try to write a story with them! I'll stick to my computer. Great poem.
Glynis Becker07/27/14
Great piece! I love the flow of it. I agree that I love the handwritten word, but, wow, have I gotten used to cut-and-paste and ctrl-z! Nicely done.
Joshua Janoski07/27/14
I'm by no means a poetry expert, so I can't offer up much red ink here.

However, I did enjoy reading this poem and thought it flowed nicely. You hit the nail on the head that our handwriting gets poorer the more we spend typing. Sometimes I can barely read my handwriting.

You also ended it well, making note of how typing puts less strain on the hands. I admire those that can write poetry. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing!
Bea Edwards 07/28/14
Your whimsical piece had a lovely cadence and spoke truth to any of us past the mid century mark!
Judith Gayle Smith07/29/14
Witty ditty indeed! You never disappoint, dear friend. Hug yourself for me - this is excellent.
Robert Douglas Brown07/30/14
You nailed it 110% my friend. Your ability to write poetry is a special gift from God. I always look forward to reading your articles and poetry. I am not a big fan of poetry, but you are changing this with each poem you write!

God Bless!