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Then and Now

Sometimes I miss the manual act
of writing verse by hand,
and that smudge of blue ink
on the side of my palm.
I miss the cramp of writing
too quickly--
yet too slowly in a race of thoughts.
But, I must admit, I love the sight 
of fingertips flying as ideas ignite. 
I even love that incessant sound
as fingertips flutter and falter and pound  
across the keyboard.

But my favourite part is the part that won't change,
that universal drum of fingers
on any surface at all, 
tapping to the beat of spinning thoughts 
that somehow weave a web 
of intricate plots.

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  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:18:00 PM
    Congratulations.... enjoyed stopping by tonight ~LINDA

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:10:00 AM
    I see that you inspired Craig with your poem, Heather. I loved it. I wish that "fingers flying' described my typing, but it more accurately describes reactions to my driving. I also miss plain old handwriting, and it's fast, too, but with the number of changes I make, I couldn't afford the paper costs. Congratulations on you win!

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:38:00 AM
    Heather, my inspiration, thanks so much! Please go to my blog.

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:12:00 AM
    Hope you had a good it still cold up there? and humid here. Glad you could stop by and thanks for your comments. Liking your new job?...are you a ninja for hire?

  1. Date: 4/25/2013 1:03:00 PM
    Heather, because this poem was the inspiration for my contest you can enter it if you like even though I asked for new--this is new enough!!

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:50:00 AM
    Wonderful write my dear... I enjoyed it.~A.O

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 4:43:00 AM
    ...the fingers whistle and falter like a ladybug on the keyboard like a beautiful feeling. nice shoot!

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 7:07:00 PM
    Thank you for your comments on my win in the Famous Couples/Duos contest i really appreciate it

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 4:39:00 PM
    I often write in long-hand first and then transfer to the keyboard. No one can read my scribbles but I. Thank you for your kind comments and congratulations on your lovely poems, whatever means you use to write them. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 2:27:00 PM
    I recently started writing poetry, so it's all done in word processing program. Times sure have changed. I rarely get to write in longhand these days. Lovely poem, Heather, as is your wont. :)

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 1:27:00 PM
    It's clear why I already have you on my favorites list. Twist and turns throughout the verses that completely describes the writers versatility.

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 10:50:00 AM
    What interesting thoughts, I always scribble on a spare paper, cross out, throw away, retrieve sometimes and finally type it---to be honest and to age myself I miss the old typewriters--pounding the keys--throwing the carriage back after the bell ring--hmm, you may have inspired a contest--this could be an entry for that matter. Love it!!

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 4/14/2013 1:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I also write on pieces of paper of many shapes and sizes, sometimes scraps. As poems that are forming in my head while on a trip to the grocery store. Then eventually they are clipped together together when throughts are forming toward a specific poem.
  1. Date: 4/13/2013 8:27:00 AM
    Beautifully written! I love writing with a fountain pen, which is what I read into the first part. I both make them and collect them. The tactile response is wonderful. However, there is the almost equal tactility (Is that a word?) of fingers on keys. My days of swirling thoughts are past, I'm afraid. But it's still enjoyable work. Thanks for reminding me... Jack

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 8:00:00 PM
    this is wonderful, dear. And I just know your keyboard is tapping out a beautiful and fast rhythm. I prefer "manual" way. Because it is so much more relaxing to me to write lying in bed on my pillow!! or on a beach or laying out in my yard or when I am bored even standing in a line at the DMV!! Good one!!

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:17:00 PM
    wow this is so clever, the imagery is amazing..

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 9:04:00 AM
    I can.relate to the smudge of ink on the palm..I wonder if you re left hamded like me..: ) I love the twist to mystery in the end of the poem. Well penned..typed or posted B-)

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 6:05:00 PM
    I can tell writing comes easy for you because you work is always so good.

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 2:00:00 PM
    Heather, I'm sure the hippies would go bananas for Arkansas snowballs....haha...oh mercy. I'm going home to write a haiku for your contest...maybe.

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 9:26:00 AM
    Put perfectly I must say. There are advantages either way, and the way you put it makes writing sound easy and perfect. Every writer's dream I suppose.

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:13:00 PM
    Very good poem. Enjoyed the read.