satisfaction
on a word spelled well,
on crossing the t’s
and dotting the i’s
(if you are thorough),
on the progression
of thought
in words struck out
and replaced,
in words added
above carets

satisfaction
at the distinctiveness
that is your writing,
with all its flaws –
smudges, and
blots
where your pen
lingered
while your mind sought
the right
word
or sentiment

satisfaction,
sadly denied
by a word processor

the pleasure of writing, in the nearly archaic sense of the term, is likely to be lost on future generations. References to writing an email or a word document, far from being an oxymoron, have come to represent our resigned acceptance of writing as synonymous with typing.

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