Daily Prompt – Going Obsolete

Of all the technologies that have gone extinct in your lifetime, which one do you miss the most?

cassetteA plastic case, with thin brown tape
that played a song with hiss
is one of many twentieth century
technologies I miss

The twisted tape unfurling fast
without a thought or care
clogging up my tape machine
before I am aware

I scream in horror as I see
The damn machine go nuts
I should have bought that dumb head cleaner
No if’s, no ands, no buts

My Carpenters tape is all jammed up
and so with broken heart
I grab a stupid butter knife
and take the boombox apart

Inside I see a ribboned mess
jammed up inside some gears
I try to salvage all I can
while holding back the tears

Lo and Behold! the tape is out
but now what do I do?
the instructions said to grab a pencil
preferably a no. 2

And so I wind the tape back up
and hope it works again
and when it does, I swell with pride
On Top of the World, I grin



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7 replies

  1. Oh yes, I remember it well. Remember the little accordion pleats you tried to press out, hoping you weren’t erasing anything? I got to be a master of patience, fixing the damned things. No, no nostalgia here, but loved your poem. I still have a ton of these I couldn’t throw away, though I no longer have anything to play them on! http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/07/02/books/


  2. Great post it made me laugh out loud. I identified with the frustration and process of trying to resolve the issue 🙂 Linda


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