Hello, Paper, My Old Friend…


Though I mostly use computers for my writing now,

I sometimes like to write things out by hand.

If I don’t, from time to time, I fear I’ll forget how,

and that result, I simply couldn’t stand.

There is something magical ’bout paper or a pad,

just a blank slate ready to receive,

somewhere to set down my daydreams, memories I’ve had,

things I now or never will believe.

And no matter, right or wrong, the page will not protest,

never has opinions it will force.

No spellchecker tells me that I haven’t typed my best.

There’re no grammar rules I must enforce.

I am free to doodle, write in margins, strike through text,

using routing arrows if I please.

I could sit here all day with my writing muscles flexed,

filling up lined pages with such ease.

I don’t have to know if I have recently hit “save,”

never need a chair that reaches plugs.

I don’t need a battery or program to behave,

never troubleshoot, nor check for bugs.

I’ll go back and use my ‘puter after this, today.

Writing out by hand was just for fun.

I want to remind myself there is another way…

Like most pursuits, there are more ways than one.

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