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TYPEWRITERS

       A few of the famous had their preferences.  Jack
Kerouac went on the road with his Underwood early thirties
portable Royal Standard.  Isak Dinesen, the Danish Dinosaur, 
(said with love, she was my hero) used a 1918 Corona No. 3 
to serve up "Babette's Feast".  An Underwood Standard 
Portable was William Faulkner's choice.  And, Hemingway?  
A portable feast, He! He chose The Corona #3.  
       
       Mine was a plain old ordinary Royal, circa 1947, 
punched with vigor on its stepladder keys in typing class 
under the watchful eye of Ms. Marguerite, whose 
married sister shared an infatuation with my wildly handsome 
teenage brother.  Though no suspicious spouse aborted
his apprenticeship of love, brother and I--Thank you 
Republic of Korea-- were tapped by Fate.  Off to the Navy, 
dallying sibling, while I, young wife two years out of school, 
bereft of spouse, my life in limbo, honed my craft 
under the Sisters of Saint Joseph (those voluminous 
black birds) on hot summer afternoons in 
a second-story convent classroom. 
      
        In the courtyard below, lantana bloomed, 
buzzing with the adoration of bees, and butterflies 
flew free from the straitjackets of their cocoons 
to an unfettered life, like me, the Army wife.  
Korea, being my betrothed.

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  1. Date: 10/27/2010 10:27:00 AM
    ONly one thing worse than being an army wife - being an army husband. Oh, how I hated the service. As for a typewriter - ours was Underwood and I used more than my share of white-out. Still make tons of mistakes. Thank God for the backspace. LOve, Dave

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 12:21:00 PM
    I most enjoyed reading your poem here....it is simply dripping in nostalgic details. Great premise~Chris

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 8:35:00 AM
    very nice expressions on the typewriters, enjoyed it, Nola

  1. Date: 10/24/2010 7:43:00 AM
    Interesting write you give the readers on this Sunny Sunday Morning......Michael