The Time Has Come

Gone – flitted away,

Taken the stars from the night and the sun

From the day!

Gone, and a cloud in my heart.

 ~ Alfred Tennyson

The time has come to say good-bye, my sturdy and trustworthy friend. Under my direction, you have created masterpieces of content, but the words were all your own. Five years together now, and I can hardly believe that we are spending our last few days together. It won’t be the same once I have to take you to your place of origin. I might be a bit lost for awhile once I don’t see your glowing face inviting me to be the catalyst for your purpose. The desk that has carefully cradled you all these years will be empty and alone.

Whoever you’re meant to be with from here on out, I hope they appreciate your quirky traits. Your “m” is a little stubborn as he wants you to make sure your intent is true where his letter is concerned. Other crucial parts have been compromised, but I don’t mind. You have taught me great patience and tremendous care. You have encouraged me, when your brightness and blank notes seemed too daunting for the night writing I endure, to carry on by just getting started one keystroke at a time. I appreciate all that you have taught me and I will carry those lessons for my whole long life.

Too soon the day will come when I will have to find a replacement for the vehicle you provide, but my heart will always be with you. So, rest well, my dear, weary friend. Rest well in knowing that your work has been purposeful and made me proud time and time again. We were a great team, you and I. Thanks for the memories.



  1. renee says:

    Creative use of personification and description of the typewriter’s quirky traits. I didn’t know you used a typewriter to write with. Do you typically write first drafts with a typewriter? Which poem is the epigraph taken from?

  2. renee says:

    The question should read “Did (not do) you typically write first drafts with a typewriter or just final drafts”? When you write drafts now, do you use a computer or do you write drafts longhand and then type out the final drafts editing as you go? What is your process?

    1. purdywords says:

      That first blog post was actually about my ancient (former employer-issued) laptop–but I feel flattered, actually, that you thought I was writing about a typewriter. I wish it were a typewriter! I loved typing on one a long, long time ago. Laptops are great, though, too. If I had to choose, though, I prefer to hand write first drafts on yellow legal pads with pen in hand. But my tendinitis is so advanced now that I can barely write a few thank you notes in a row before it flares up. It took me awhile to find, but the laptop I write on now is a perfect fit for writing/typing needs, is sleek and its keys are soft, even. It’s a striking color red (I’ve affectionately named this new laptop “Ruby”) and I actually enjoy writing on it, which is a first for me!

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