Remember pen and paper?

Pen & Paper

Pen & Paper

Both my gizmos, as she calls them,
iPad and my precious iPhone,
are updating and recharging,
unavailable for writing,
FaceBooking, emailing, texting,
or for playing on-line Scrabble.

I have looked and found a grey pen
that writes even held upside-down.
Only one lined pad for writing
was discovered after searching
through the cabinets, closets, shelving.
When did I last try to scribble

words on paper? I lie back, then
face empty space above the line–
fingers, thumbs, want to be typing…
Will the gizmos still be waiting
when these words I will be adding
to the electronic babble?

– Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, September 27, 2014


10 thoughts on “Remember pen and paper?

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  3. 😉 Well at this time I am at St. Mary’s Episcopal, E. Lancaster & Louella Ave. in Wayne. We just have a new Rector, Father Joseph Smith. He started when I was in England.
    There is nothing funny about the reason I must say “at this time.” Far too long a story, and I will assume I will still be at St. Mary’s when I croak. If I change, I’ll let you know.


  4. And that is, broadly speaking, why my house is completely jammed with stuff. I can only guess, but I must have more than 200 pens in various colors and styles; 25 pencils, most mechanical; every little pad of paper ever sent me by a cause or charity; a 4 inch stack of “one-side-used” paper; almost a ream of typing paper; and two desk drawers full of stationery and note cards, about half from causes or charities; and a couple or a few blank- page booklets. To this, add more typing paper and various types of paper suitable for printing out photographs belonging to BJ.
    Last year’s pack rat also ran. 😁.


      • Quite a few, I’m afraid. Especially the ones I bought that have glitter in the gel ink — they only work if you start using them right away, and they write only a few pages before becoming completely clogged. 😒.
        I am still using an ordinary ball point that Bea was using in the old Hare Building which we left in 1968. But I love colors in ink, and I keep buying more because they tend to stop writing faster than ordinary ball points. It is also ridiculous because the colors I like best are pastel, and they are very, very hard to see on checks with pictures. Oh, and I like checks with pictures. BJ often says to me, “CA, your life is so complicated!”


        • CA, What is the contact information for your Episcopal parish and priest? II’d like to send this in advance of your demise in order for the memorial service homily to capture a bit of the Kidder humor. I can hear BJ’s voice and chuckle in her comment.


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