Typing Words of Power
By David Smith March 5, 2016
Originally typed on Smith Corona, Silent-Secretarial 1940X Model
The power of the written word as I strike it on the page;
The memory of a sentence as it permanently comes of age.
With all its strikeovers as mistakes come to light.
The manual typewriter, a classic as we write.
And how to write a poem as each individual letter is struck
The classic of a manual typewriter where skill is more than luck
And so I see a machine more than keys and ink.
Documenting knowledge and having time to think.
O a Smith-Corona, the memory it brings back
Tapping out the printed word, a pleasure where it’s at
So I see mistakes, a computer it is not.
O the skill of typing, grade-nine the joy had brought.
That tapping of the keys as each letter takes a hit
Music to the ears as stories start to lift.
Listening to the typing as letter moves along the row
It is more than history, the written word to glow