I don’t need no stinking notebook

Hi.  This is for Kerry’s prompt on Toads.  Using ink to write.  I read this and snort.  I haven’t written anything by hand in 30 years.  Even my Christmas cards and grocery lists are printed off the computer.

I don’t need no stinking notebook
“I just do the best I can and write something interesting, to tell stories in an interesting way and move forward from there.” Anthony Bourdain

I don’t have a notebook.
I haven’t had a notebook in 30 years.
All of my poetry, all of my ideas,
all of my words. all of my thoughts
are filed into a file called “Notes”…
on my computer.
Bits of poems,
A line or two,
A few words.
I have to shake my head and laugh.
I wouldn’t be able to read what I wrote.
On the puter, it is perfectly legible.
I haven’t used a notebook,
pen, pencil, or marker in 30 years.
I am not about to start now.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sanaarizvi
    Oct 20, 2018 @ 21:26:30

    This made me smile 😊 I too am not habitual of writing poems in a notebook .. ( which is why I spend Saturday morning practicing until it looked decent enough haha) love the honesty in your poem and somehow find it hard to believe that your handwriting isn’t beautiful 😉😘


  2. Kerry
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 02:44:15

    Okay. Got it!

    Thanks for participating, Toni.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 21, 2018 @ 07:51:13

      Sorry Kerry. Extreme arthritis brought on by years of professional and non-prof cooking is the price I pay for a different kind of creativity. As long as the power grid doesn’t crash and burn I will do my writing via computer. Plus years of computer usage for my job. My hands and knees and feet bear witness to my former jobs. My hands are a mass of scars from hell hot pans and knife work. I tried to bring a bit of levity to the mix. The last time I actively signed papers was when my mother died. It’s a good prompt. Thank you for it. I just choose to save my hands for more important work – cooking for my family and the hungry at the Food Bank. I do my poetry, thank the good Lord, on the puter. My hand writing looks like a drunken rat staggering across the page. I can’t read it. Neither can anyone else. One day I may lose words due to memory issues. But today, not because I cannot read my own handwriting.

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  3. kim881
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 03:40:06

    I’m a bit of both; I tend to carry notebooks when I’m out and about, but when I’m home everything is on the computer. I also have a special file for new ideas with bits and pieces of words, phrases, stanzas, quotations, etc. My handwriting starts off legible and starts to turn into scribble because my hand tires out and I can’t hold the pen!


  4. anmol(alias HA)
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 05:34:45

    Ha! I can understand. 🙂
    If I’m writing with a sincere effort to bring about something out of thin air or a singular thought that has been in my mind for some time, I type — the click-clack of the keyboard creates the much-needed rhythm for the thought to unravel. I use my notebook when I am in a frenzy and I have to bring it all out before it disappears.


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 21, 2018 @ 07:39:25

      I always have my tablet with me and can always add to the file. I guess if the power grid should crash and fail I would go back to hand writing, but only then.

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  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 10:37:36

    I’m very much the same… with the difference that I actually have a bunch of notebooks that I never use… so it would be easy for me to use… no for me the creative process of writing on all the page at once is important.


  6. coalblack
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 14:17:19

    Oh fren, you are contrary to the bone, aren’t you? (cue George Thorogood) 🙂


  7. annell4
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 19:05:17

    This is funny indeed. I mostly write on the computer, too. But sometimes in the car I write in my book…keep one there, it seems always something comes to mind, when I don’t have pen or pencil.


  8. purplepeninportland
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 19:41:44

    I write almost everything by hand first. No one is able to read my handwriting, sometimes, not even me! I get the compose on computer thing, though.


  9. Helen
    Oct 21, 2018 @ 19:58:33

    And I shook my head in laughter! Loved it.


  10. Ron.
    Oct 22, 2018 @ 08:54:06

    I might be headed there but…not any time soon, I guess….


    • kanzensakura
      Oct 22, 2018 @ 09:23:23

      Lol. My hands are so arthritic from years of restaurant cooking/work, I use the puter as a matter of course. And I love sitting down and letting my thoughts flow from my heart to the screen. And s a former engineer my work was naturally done on the puter. It’s natural for me. Thank you for reading and commenting

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