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A Lifelong Love Affair

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JerryPat2
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0 posted 07-26-2017 10:26 AM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

First time I saw a linotype
It boggled the mind, I was hyped.
What in the hell is this monster,
I didn't know what would occur.

A love affair lasting for years,
It also was my life's career.
I vividly recall the day,
That first I sat in disarray.

It was a Rube Goldberg nightmare,
So many things for which to scare.
Was vital to the printed page,
Mergenthaler-invented rage.

Too much for me to ever learn,
I was confused at every turn.
Can't do this, oh don't you do that,
It seemed that I was in combat.

It wasn't long I pecked with glee,
The keyboard with ninety-plus keys.
The monster at times give me hell,
Still, wasn't long that I excelled.

That began a thirty-year stint,
Working among pages of print.
Newspapers and print shops galore,
I loved typesetting, not a chore.

Have set the type for Field & Stream,
Even some porn in the extreme.
The Shreveport Times did pay me well,
Brooklyn's Daily News I did dwell.

Many newspapers and print shops,
One to the other I would plop.
A tramp printer, were men like me,
Couldn't stay put we had to flee.

Ink ran in my blood, don't you know?
Found work no matter where I go.
Playboy to your Bible School books,
I worked at whatever it took.

Computers at last did me in,
Linotype took it on the chin.
Better, quieter, cleaner they said,
The ink inside my veins has bled.

Looking back I do with great pride,
I still have printers ink inside.
I love the computer, but still,
It does not give me the same thrill.

ŠJuly 28, 2017 / Jerry Pat Bolton


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Lori Grosser Rhoden
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1 posted 07-26-2017 04:31 PM       View Profile for Lori Grosser Rhoden   Email Lori Grosser Rhoden   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lori Grosser Rhoden

I can't help but think that was the perfect side dish to your voracious appetite for writing. Ink in your veins is right! ~L
JerryPat2
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2 posted 07-26-2017 04:59 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Thank you so much, Lori, I appreciate you stopping by. I will die with ink in my veins.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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JamesMichael
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Kapolei, Hawaii, USA


3 posted 07-26-2017 09:11 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Sounds like it was an interesting ride...james
JerryPat2
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4 posted 07-26-2017 09:15 PM       View Profile for JerryPat2   Email JerryPat2   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JerryPat2's Home Page   View IP for JerryPat2

Oh, you'd better bet it was, James, a big time ride. Thank you for stopping by.

~ If they give you ruled paper, write sideways. ~

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