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Embrace the new technologies, 
acquiring knowledge as your goal, 
in the realm of search and seizure 
feed your mind, refresh your soul. 

Social Media and bloggers, 
irritants in cyber space 
will whore themselves for your attention, 
waste your time, usurp your place. 

In my youth, before the outbreak, 
schooldays were much simpler then, 
homework, classwork, all handwritten, 
essays done in fountain pen. 

So, fire up your fancy lap top, 
Facebook, Twitter, Cyber Talk, 
while I remember ink wells, pen nibs, 
blotting paper, sticks of chalk. 

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  1. Date: 12/2/2013 6:22:00 PM
    I think that technology is not always a good thing for children. Yes, the internet brings them knowledge, but some things they may be better off not knowing! It is sad to see how chalk, pencils, and paper are being forgotten these days! I really like the message in this poem, Keith! Really great work!...Thank you very much for the great comments!

  1. Date: 8/8/2013 8:20:00 AM
    when i retired from teaching, they were phasing out all the chalkboards in favor of so-called "smart-boards" and i refused to use one. i miss the simplicity and face-to-face communication of the past and think we've lost as much as we've gained. you've said this quite brilliantly here!

  1. Date: 8/7/2013 4:45:00 PM
    This is a wonderful and lovely write my friend! You have delighted me with this magnificent piece! What an amazing poem, Great Work!!