>Space Bar

I sidled up to the space bar
and asked for a cold one.
Something fresh,

and letters slid down,
full of froth,
flipped and painted
my nails.

Good company.
We spoke of
Robert Burns
as if he sat here
with us after a long
day of white space.

Why is it we are
compelled to push
down so hard.
So far a distance
for fingertips to ride
our ABC’s.

I remember the night
we laughed at a
fingertip push up
We were young
and strong and pushed
the keys effortlessly
like machine gun fire.

And what was with
the pencil in the mouth
like we were dogs
slobbering on bones?

We were so hard on
the return handle
like a cold slap
on our royal face.

Those were the days
when it was so physical
and our metacarpals
flexed their mini
biceps, and 40 wpms
would impress the

Now we raise our mouses
and click them like
wine glasses and
our fingertips are
as soft as a baby’s

We rarely crumple
paper anymore.
We delete with
a stern pointed finger.

How ’bout one more
cold one fellas, eh?

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17 thoughts on “>Space Bar

  1. >I will never think of a "space bar" the same way after reading your poem, Jerry. lol Funny stuff. Fingertip push-up challenges and impressing the ladies with 40 wpm! lol A treat to read. Cheers

  2. >Similar to Adam's reaction, I read "space bar" and thought of the cantina in Star Wars.Nothing produced muscled fingers quite like a Royal typewriter. And a computer lab doesn't have quite the same ambiance as a smoke-filled room full of manual typewriters. Have a cold one for me, too.

  3. >Nothing impresses a (certain kind of) chick like 40 wpm. I still have vestigial sexist amazement when I see a guy keyboarding like a grassfire. This is a fine poem from first line to conclusion, from Robert Burns to Gates and Jobs, and my mouse also clicks a double salute.

  4. >This chick is impressed with 100 lol XD Jerry, space bar?! Oh my I've giggled my way through the irony here, reall enjoyed the reading and a completely fresh take on the photo. Amazing writing.

  5. >Jerry buddy, I have typed on Underwoods and to be honest I will take this keyboard and its modern conveniences any day. At least the key stems don't get stuck together when you hit two at once.

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