This column is dedicated to one of the highest art forms in the sphere of human communication—Poetry. Nothing is nobler than the expression of human emotion. All poetry is perfect, no matter what the format or the background of the poet. A voice is a voice. With poetry, you get more than words. You get rhythm, you get sound, you get silence, you get mood—you get emotion. What more can you ask? This column is also dedicated to all the people who have ever lived, those here now, and those yet to come. God bless the poets among you. They carry the soul of the world.

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Is My Tea Kettle Too Old?

As our world modernizes, we face change. Change can be difficult, especially if it affects habitual behavior. Often the customary gives comfort while the new brings greater innovation or convenience and requires adjustment. Flip phone or smart phone? You choose.
Is My Tea Kettle Too Old

Tarnished and streaked, the kettle sits atop the stove
Ready to serve when asked
Churning the water to a boil
Sounding the whistle as steam blasts through the hole in the lid
Often dutifully calling for minutes
As its master hears but does not come

How do I judge you, old kettle?
The job for which you were designed is still performed well
But newer shinier models beckon me from store ads
Offering perfection and beauty
While you are a faded beauty from the past who cannot compare

Your whistle is still strong and the feel of your handle is taken for granted through years of habit
Shall I keep you or toss you aside?
you are merely a thing,

But I am accustomed to your face and the way you perform under pressure

You shall remain.

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