dVerse — Quadrille 148 — It figures

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Paper, hard forum once mandated, regardless of journey.
Describing a kiss or account ledger balance the same.
Complain? before it was charcoal etched in dark caves.
Today’s paper’s virtual. We tap tap between the lines.
Figuring saved or erased by pushing enter or backspace.

Top image: Painted Cave Art of the Chumash Indians Indigenous peoples of Southern California. The Chumash lived in the present-day counties of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis in southern California during the late period of history (ca. 1300 to 1804 CE). Captured by David Muench, Chumash cave painting.

De Jackson, aka WhimsyGizmo is today’s host of dVerse’ Quadrille Monday. De says:
Just pen a poem of precisely 44 words, including some form of the word paper.

66 Comments Add yours

  1. De Jackson says:

    This is so true:
    “Describing a kiss or account ledger balance the same.”

    Every piece, its own story or journey. Love it.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, De 🙂

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  2. merrildsmith says:

    The surfaces are different, but the intent is the same.
    I love this cave art!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! So much said in those drawings. Thanks for reading and your comment.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re very welcome, Lisa.

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  3. I think some of the oldest saved written words on clay tablets were more ledgers. than verse..

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  4. Wonderful cave art. “Figuring saved or erased by pushing enter or backspace.” has taken the fun out of penmanship.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, it’s done something and it’s not good 😦 Remember the days when real letters were written and sent and then you’d wait with excitement for a response?

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      1. I agree it’s not good! I loved writing and receiving letters. My kids scoff…who writes letters! How little they know! 😞

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  5. Beverly Crawford says:

    I still want to have a book in my hand and not a Kindle. It’s just not the same. Love the cave painting photos!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Beverly I’m with you on that. A real book is REAL! I love the cave painting also.

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    “Today’s paper is virtual” quite a concept. Yet most documents get printed out on paper. In the VA, we pioneered “paperless charting” which used twice as much paper as previously.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn I hear you about paperless!!!! It seems like the more we headed that way the more paper we used. One disturbing aspect to paperless digital “imaging” is that afterwards the originals, such as COURT ORDERS, are tossed. Also being able to alter the original scanned images if you had the right clearance, gave it a whole “Brazil” like feel to it. Hoping you’ve seen the movie, “Brazil.”

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  7. I saw a documentary about paper a couple of years ago – it really was the basis of civilisation! And still so important.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sounds like a doc I’d like to see. I know it is but I would like to see the connections of why.

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      1. My recollection is that paper was quick and cheap to make, whereas vellum was slow and expensive. So paper meant ordinary people could access information much more rapidly.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I can imagine it would be in comparison! I’m sure paper and the printing press worked to enlighten the masses.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Sarah, thank you!!!!!

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        2. msjadeli says:

          Dangit, I registered to watch and everything, only to be told:
          “BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. Sorry, it’s due to rights issues. In the UK? Here’s some advice.” Maybe I can find it out on youtube…

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        3. msjadeli says:

          yeppers! Found Epi 1-3 here (for others who might want to check it out)

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  8. lynn__ says:

    The history of paper in 44 words…love your overview, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lynn!

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  9. Ingrid says:

    We talk of ‘paper’ whilst tapping away at the keyboard. I still think of it as paper, though – how strange!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I do too, and I hope it stays that way forever.

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  10. Although it is more than 44 words, this poem:

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  11. So sorry, my comment posted accidentally, obliterating what I had said, lol.

    I have written a similar poem on the topic, tho it is more than the 44 words of a quadrille. Like you I long for the days when writing letters was still a thing.

    https://chrisreilleypoems.blogspot.com/2011/08/death-of-correspondence.html

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I just read it and responded 🙂

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  12. Not much romance in computers, is there?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Miss Arcadia 🙂

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  13. K.Hartless says:

    Beautiful musings, Lisa. Cave walls could up the stakes, as you say we are all so familiar with the backspace. But paper waste, let’s hope that’s just for the olden days.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, K.

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  14. Callsign Ain says:

    Yes…easy come easy go now…..in this throwaway world…

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  15. Grace says:

    Before I used to do this: Describing a kiss or account ledger balance the same. Now times have changed.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Grace.

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  16. Truedessa says:

    We have come a long way from cave etchings but, there is still amazing history in those stories.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Gypsie!

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  17. I love paper! And I love your poem! Kindles don’t do it for me, I need to hold a book.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Carol, I’m with you on this.

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  18. Raivenne says:

    Pixels, parchment, stones – words remain only where we render them differs. A fantastic write.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Raivenne, thank you very much for reading and your comment.

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  19. Sadje says:

    The ever versatile paper.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed! What would we do without it?

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  20. memadtwo says:

    I still like actual things myself. Who in the future will bother to sift through all the garbage we’ve posted online to find the gems? (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, I fear the same. I think it’s all going to be gone in a poof one day. It’s like the computers I’ve had where the hard drive goes. Everything that’s been on them has been lost, and I know a lot of good stuff like pictures and writing are gone forever; yet I still have all of my hard copy photo albums and letters.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        I lost a lot of digital art on a computer that died. After that I went back to actually making things. And I print out everything that I write. But so many photos that have never been printed…we all have lifetimes of them.

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  21. spot on… and the rest is history, as they say, Lisa


    David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, David.

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  22. From cabe walls, to animal hides, to linen, to pulp paper to the ethernet, always trying to account with words. Go figure.
    I liked your papered history.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much for reading and your comment, D.

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  23. Helen Dehner says:

    The art piece you chose is amazing … disheartening how much we rely on the tap tap tap. I still handwrite thank you notes and special letters. I will until my fingers stop flexing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is an amazing art piece! I hear you on the hand writing. I prefer it by far to the tapping.

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  24. Carol anne says:

    Beautiful imagery and poem Li! ❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you ❤

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  25. rothpoetry says:

    A great post, Lisa. It is amazing how the use of paper has changed. Virtual paper gone like a magician’s flash paper!.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Well-said, Dwight, and thank you 🙂

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You are welcome!

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  26. This is so true Lisa. Many times I begin my process on paper and move to the computer.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda. I have pieces of paper laying all over the place with notes, sketches, ideas, reminders and also see paper as a part of the creative process.

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      1. Then I’m in good company!

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