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Licking a Stamp

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Licking a Stamp

We used to lick our postage stamps
To stick them on a letter;
But now the stamps do self-adhere,
Yet does that make life better?

And that’s how Vanya’s rant begins
In Chris Durang’s new play*
Which I feel very privileged
To have watched and loved today.

The character bemoans the fact
That life has changed so much;
Today we need technology
Like weakness needs a crutch.

And though life seems much easier,
It comes at quite a cost.
The things that once connected us
Have somehow all been lost.

The younger generation
Can’t remember stamps we licked;
And the old days being better
They would surely contradict.

*”Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

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  1. Date: 8/20/2013 9:52:00 AM
    My DEAR SWEET ILENE! Yes, the old days WERE better....Let them contradict all they want! There was a sense of discovery, joy, creativity that is lost on this generation or that is displayed in different ways! Loved this write!

  1. Date: 8/18/2013 2:46:00 PM
    I guess that progress is perspective. Some of us wish it was elective. The quaintness that we grew up knowing. Succumb to future's wind a blowing. Debate the difference of which is best. But reality says, surely, you jest. :)

  1. Date: 8/16/2013 6:23:00 AM
    This is so true Ilene, life has really changed and somehow we become disconnected in a sense. Technology seems to reign supreme :) awesome write

  1. Date: 8/15/2013 1:26:00 PM
    You are very right about this. Life has changed so much even in the last 20 years. I miss the good old days.

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 11:18:00 PM
    so true so true. I am wondering, do you do a poem a day, dear lady? You are so prolific with your homespun poetry. I just love that about you. (in fact, I think you often do more than one a day. oh my!!)

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 6:14:00 PM
    Well I don't miss the taste! Great poem Ilene.....

  1. Date: 8/14/2013 4:36:00 PM
    Great work Ilene. I haven't posted a letter for years, so I thought you still licked the stamps, you live and learn. I suppose progress is necessary, but sometimes I wish we could turn the clocks back. you are a wonderful poet, thanks for the read...Peter