rajendran muthiah

(16.03.1950)

The Changing Writing Material


The ancient Chinese used bamboo to write
but the Egyptian fancy on Papyrus reeds took flight.
The Tamils registered their Classics on palm leaves
and each Tamil recalls the havoc by the tsunamis and grieves.
The remnants retrieved brought back the mirth
and the Tamil language had her glorious rebirth.

The invention of paper, a Chinese Cai Lun made
and the technology into Europe did invade;
when the Chinese in Kazakhstan had their rout
and the Arabs off the war-field walked triumphantly out.
The Chinese prisoners trickled the trick of paper-making art
and facilitated the Print Revolution in Europe in part.

The slates and notebooks are now things of old age
as the laptops and iPods wars to hamlets wage.

Submitted: Thursday, February 07, 2013
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  • Chandra Thiagarajan (2/17/2013 10:32:00 PM)

    So very true ! The changing writing material from bamboo to papyrus reeds and thence to palm leaves have all completely changed and as you mention we have migrated to laptops and iPods! ! The poem written in lovely rhyme scheme is captivating! ! (Report) Reply

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