Thou still unequaled tool of penmanship,

Thou practical pen of school room and cursive theme-writing,

Cerulean line-maker, who canst thus express,

A surreptitious note more secretly than thy marks?

What word-processed typography compares with this spare technology

For Scribbles or Grocery lists, or of both,

In Walmart or the wild hallways of Middle School?


What blue paradise is this?  What sheeny marks?

What ease of use? What bargain when on sale in pack of ten?

What smeary linearity?  What wild ecstacy?

I really like my ball point pen A LOT!  My apologies to John Keats for the pilfering of his great verse!

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