10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Ballpoint Pens

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10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Ballpoint Pens

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

Photo Credit

This is the third sequence of the poems, Nib Pens, and the Fountain Pen.

Ballpoint or Biro Pens

Memories, writing with a ballpoint pen
known in the modern days, a biro
some did not deliver ink evenly
causing clogging, maybe ink was too thick
Leaking ink in children school blouse pockets
always soaking patches of ink in milk.
Refillable models were a nuisance
no refill available while writing
then back to using the good old pencil
Modern biros are mainly throwaways

Ten-by-Ten is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • It is made with 10 syllables per line, written on any subject.
  • Rhyme and rhythm are optional.

10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Fountain Pens

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10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Fountain Pens

#10LPC – If you would like to take part in this challenge please use the above link

Photo CreditAmerican lever filler made of celluloid (Lapis lazuli blue) by Mabie Todd & Co. New York from 1927, model 172/52.

This morning I had a comment on my Poem, Nibs Pens which gave me the idea of writing a sequence to that poem about the fountain pen.

This is part of it Wait, you had to fill a fountain pen? It didn’t come prefilled? I didn’t know that. it’s cool how your poem is both lovely and educational”.

Filling Fountain Pens

Memories of writing with a fountain pen
filling it with ink instead of dipping.
Retractable tube above the pen point
contained internal reservoir of ink
eliminating the dunking nib pen.
Next pens had removable reservoirs
in the form of pre-filled ink cartridges.
The fountain pens retained their dominance
during all my teenage years while schooling
early ballpoint pens, very expensive.

Ten-by-Ten is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • It is made with 10 syllables per line, written on any subject.
  • Rhyme and rhythm are optional.

Dental Care in the 1950’s

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Dental Care in the 1950’s

Photo Credit – Early Dental Chair

Remembering my dentist in the 1950’s
All those tools sitting on the tray
On spotless clean white porcelain
Oh the pain, the needle in my gums
or was it the pulling of the tooth
No, it was that needle, oh the pain
Never knew I had a nose or top lip
for some hours later, the numbness

A few thought’s about dentist tools, drilling a hole in the tooth, filling the hole, most of all the smell in a dentist lab, the feel of his tools digging in my gums, the sucker in my mouth sucking up my saliva and sometimes sucking my tongue, looking into the eyes of the dentist as he was working on my teeth, always knew if he was a smoker by the smell on his well-washed hands, a few thought’s that I could write another verse or two.

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Photo Credit – Modern Dentist Office

Have you any thought’s about your dentist, please comment I would love to read them.