Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Royal's Manifesto



13/07/2011...This is my first visit at We Write Poems, they chose Viv‘s  prompt to use another' s voice and point of view...I'm sharing an poem, written previously.



Inspiration for this prose came from One Stop Poetry's "One Shoot Sunday" [interview with JackAZ Photography]. I found myself thinking about my old typewriter and its history, from the soul of "her" point-of-view! As a teenager, I vividly remember the day my uncle gifted me with a vintage Underwood typewriter. Oh, how I marveled at her beauty! I fell in love with its charm on that day and have been typing ever since.


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The Royal's Manifesto

Eh, what’s that you say?
You want me to be in your movie?
He, he, he….
Imagine an old girl like me in the movies.
Oh my, what’s that?
I’ll get new ribbons, and my broken keys will be fixed?
Well, my goodness…
Who could say "no" to that?
It’s been many years since I have felt useful.
Now you and so many others, I might add,
want the pleasure of my company.
He, he, he…I feel like Betty White…lol!

Everything old is new again, I guess.
Come again?
Oh my, well now, they complained of ink on their hands,
keys sticking and would you believe, they blamed me…
when they were the ones who made the spelling mistakes
…ungrateful lot.
Oh, the names they called me…well,
I’m too much of a lady to repeat such language.
And they called themselves writers …ha!

Romantic me?
Is that what they say about us now?
My, my, if you only knew the stories I could share.
If they could of only known how important we were.


Perhaps they will now.
Lets begin , shall we?
    



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15 comments:

  1. "Oh, the names they called me..."
    Wonderful! I think you resurrected my old Smith-Corona and IBM Selectric with this one! Magnificent writing!

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  2. Why thank you sir!!! This was fun lol!

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  3. You had me cracking up with that Betty White line! Excellent approach to the prompt. I like that point you make about writers swearing. Honestly, there are so many words in the English language... often I think a poet will drop an F-bomb or discuss other things and it's the only thing in a poem people remember. Bothers me even more when someone I consider a talented writer does it. Lastly, nice series of questions at the end; draws the reader in nicely. Cheers

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  4. Dustus, I agree about the swear words...They can take all the focus away from the point of the write. This was my pleasure...just havin'a little fun!!! lol! ~.^ Helena

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  5. This is the sign of a great writer...having the typewriter speak from "its" soul. Love it!

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  6. Thank you Steve and Allenda ~.^ Helena

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  7. What a great idea as a starting point! It is the old Underwoods I remember too. The Royals were sleek, modern, streamlined. How perceptions change.

    Love these lines:

    Now you and so many others, I might add,
    want the pleasure of my company.
    He, he, he…I feel like Betty White…lol!

    Everything old is new again, I guess.

    Well said.

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  8. Thank you Helena for bringing back happy memories of learning to type on an old Underwood. It had blank keys so we couldn't cheat. We used to type to music. The William Tell Overture was my favourite - 50 words a minute if you tap in time to the music.

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  9. lovely! made me smile hearing the old girl's take on things...find it impressive that she keeps up with the times and new lingo; i'm sure 'lol' was not in her original vocabulary.

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  10. love it Helena.
    Funny how we both wrote in the first person and came up with such different approaches.

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  11. Ahh, there's something romantic about the old typewriter definitely!

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  12. Helena, the voice of the speaker was so clear all the way through - just fun to read. I love the Betty White comparison. And you obviously had fun with this perspective: "if you only knew the stories I could share".

    Richard

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  13. Alas, the improvements since the Royal Typewriter are mostly superficial. My new computer still can't spell, although it delights in pointing out that I'm an idiot.

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  14. Thank you Enerihot.

    Richard, I did have fun writing this one...

    Mike, LOL!

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