I was told that the new norm
in writing is one space after punctuation.
Is it to save some trees?
Is it for less wear and tear on the space bar?
Is it because we no longer have time to breathe between sentences?
The sentences are getting shorter too,
to accommodate our attention spans.
No more Dickensonian paragraph long first lines.
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…”
Was it? Is it?
Comma usage is down too.
The little dimples that break in two
long attached words like a kit-kat bar.
Are we projecting the cultures
A.D.D. tendencies to the page?
The screen glows and our faces become light blue.
I will not go into the rant about cursive no longer being taught.
I will not keyboard my way out of number two pencils.
I wonder what Wendell Berry thinks about this?
Don’t get me wrong, I love trees.
My mother’s ashes are buried underneath a majestic sycamore.
I love the sound of pages turning.
My wife might get me a Kindle for my birthday.
I wrote this in poetic form so I wouldn’t be tempted to double space between punctuation.