Ode to iPad

At first I was an indulgence,
A shiny extravagance.
Ah, she thought, that pretty gold, slim shape, rounded corners.
I replaced the Kindle, that dull black box,
Now all the stories are on me.
I get to travel, and always in the backpack-
Carried on, never checked.
At work I become the back-up,
The security blanket, Plan B, C and D
With a short white toggle I connect
To (most) other machines (usually) when I am needed.
The work computers share with me,
PowerPoints, spreadsheets, float through the cloud to me
I have power, I access all that and more.
I have potential, there are applications yet to be discovered.
I am also trivial, I deliver
Wordle, Waffle, Quordle, Minicross, and Spelling Bee
Daily hours are whiled away on me.
Don’t forget, I am a conduit for zooming,
Face-time and what’s app,
Beloved faces and voices appear, wobbling
In and out of my screen’s view
The cats come to visit through me.
I have kept company
In hospital rooms, on vacations,
In sickness and in health.
My gold still shines cleanly though
There is a rip in my dark cover
It must be said, I have been dropped,
Sometimes hard
We might have to admit, maybe just one time too many, now.
My screen always held up but I could feel
Something shift inside, perhaps
A wire, a mini circuit,
My heart or my brain? Something is wrong
I turn on, then go dark,
Try and try again, over and over,
I ….

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5 thoughts on “Ode to iPad

  1. I hope my comment here finds you safely in Spain!
    First, I marvel at how much you write in 30 minutes! And I know how this ode was actually one of two pieces you wrote on your yellow legal pad due to your ipad issues last week. You called it a silly piece. But seeing it typed here and rereading it, I don’t see it that way at all. I see it more as a period piece. Some day that next thing will be what we use and revisiting this slice will remind your soon-to-be born grandchild #3 of all the things Grandma did with this tool she called an ipad. By personifying the ipad, it is a stronger piece. It is also strong because you included so many specifics,even including all those trivial games you play on it (a few I may now look up as I only know Wordle!) Now go read my slice which is really an ode to YOU but not written as cleverly as your slice and then go have a LOVELY day in SPAIN. So glad we are in-person writing partners!! I’m so lucky (unlike your iPad!)

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  2. Technology seems to have a personality and we tend to build relationships with them. There’s comfort in using an IPad you are accustomed to. Your old IPad seems to have been a good device. This is a lovely tribute before you choose a new one.

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  3. Oh, no! I’m sorry your iPad pooped out. The poem is fantastic, a bit like the narrator in Kara and the Sun (which I’ve not yet finished, so…). Will you be ordering a new, sleeker iPad? I wish AppleDe a reader w/out a shiny screen. I find Apple screens subpar for reading books.

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  4. This ode, like your iPad, is GOLD! So so clever to weave the many moments of your life through personification. Your writing brightened my day! Retirement suits you; have a wonderful trip!

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