National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 17

The napowrimo.net prompt for day 17 is to ‘write a poem that features forgotten technology.’ I took glimpses at a few things…

The purple banana seat always smelled
like old, stale farts
but I figured that was just the rubber

The cassette fresh out of the shrink wrap
had that vague industrial smell
but it sounded just fine

I couldn’t always stay
within the lines of the page
but the bigger problem was reading my own writing

I never minded waiting
for the dial to finish its turns
but patience wasn’t a problem back then

But then the big hand wouldn’t stay on the 12
no matter how many times I put it back—
that’s when I learned time has a mind of its own

(17 April 2020)


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