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They say the camera never lies.
Mine doesn't.
But it has a story of its own

It sits there on the shelf
Hiding a hole in the dust,
Its death foretold by idelness;
Its life usurped by another.

The unused film
decaying slowly in the spool,
Faded dreams of glorious colour.
Like the days of steam; of type; of candles:
All now relics from a past era,
So too my camera.

Is this what it's like to grow old?
Unwanted? Unused?
Skills still sharp
But irrelevant;
Left to languish
While the upstart gadget takes your place?

Spudley Strikes Again

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The following comments are for "Camera"
by Spudley

I Am A Camera
Very clever Spud...I love the metaphor!

But it needn't be irrelevent if not left sitting on the shelf. It still works, able to perform the tasks that it was intended for...albeit it without the bells and whistles of todays products, and perhaps a bit slower, but for all intents and purposes...still in the game! Old reliable was made to outlast anything the younger models...with their intricate components which tend to break down more often...were designed for.

Let's hear it for the oldies (but still goodies!)


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: October 11, 2004 )

Spud, I love the way you went from the camera to us. As Bea said this is such a clever poem. I hope this is not the case, can't we just be cherished like antiques, please???? We get better with age, like fine wine!


( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: October 11, 2004 )

Great write. I love this piece. I often wonder that of things like my old address book, before the Palm Pilot came along!! I love the growing old analogy. I love to see your work on here, always makes my day.

( Posted by: everybodyelsesgirl [Member] On: October 11, 2004 )

Fresh and interesting
Cleverly done. I too love the metaphor. And the subject is a good idea. I enjoy the out of the ordinary poetic topics.


( Posted by: Char [Member] On: October 11, 2004 )

Your Lens are always ready for the things that are in front of you...taking images and setting forth the foundations...I just loved this Spud...

You're an exceptional person! Of course, you know that I'm always looking for you to come out with a BANG!

Be Blessed,

( Posted by: JEANNIE45 [Member] On: October 12, 2004 )

Hey Spudley,

Not been on in a long time but it's nice to see your still going ... I'm starting up again so I just thought I would drop a message via comment heh, as to the comment here is it:

Great comparing old age to a disused camera kind of strange aswell, I'd of never though of it but oddly enough it really works into a great idea, good poem too :P

( Posted by: [Member] On: November 8, 2004 )

Pah... technology? I'm still bumbling around with a 30-year-old machine strapped around my neck, and shooting for the newspaper, too. Let those digitals have their day; when it comes to real shooting, glass to film is the way to go!

( Posted by: ak7raplt [Member] On: November 9, 2004 )

I feel the same way about my ol' SLR. Still get the odd use out of it, but what chance does it have vs. contemporary click 'n' print? Shame.

Not a bad poem. Solid wider metaphor.

( Posted by: Pawn [Member] On: February 4, 2005 )

Lets bring back Spudley!
In view of Peter's suggestion, I love this poem of Spudley's.

He's married now, but I know he loved Lit and was a great contributor. Let's see if this brings him back!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: October 22, 2008 )

Thank you my dear Ma Bea!

I remember Spudley too, and I love having found this poem. But those things from the past have now become the effects we use to add magic to present: old cameras, candles, typewriter; also I'd rather not seek anymore their still being useful at present, but rather the contribution they were able to give to the beautiful life we lived in the past. Don't we often say, when looking at old photographs, 'Oh this one was taken using my old Nikon!'

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: October 22, 2008 )

response to 'camera'
- Spuds Spudley -

Hiding a hole - clicks
faded dreams - clicks
skills still sharp - clicks

- caught on candid camera -

( Posted by: firstedition [Member] On: October 22, 2008 )

Bea & Peter Lit.Org supporters want SPUDLEY to return!
Yeah, good for you Bea, go for it, you have the connections, Peter's idea was great. I am all for it! Welcome back if you choose to return, Spudley.

Now who is the First Edition, some trickster, perhaps?

Ignored my question on Eric's thread?

Love the green with the big A reminds me of a
all in green but what does the A stand for?
A-HOLE? maybe?

Who cares....hahahahah! Yes, Spudley do come back, Beatrice and PeterPaulino miss you. Lit.Org wants you, she is all dressed up new an pretty for you thanks to Chrispian's work on his baby girl, the Lit.Org!

and Namaste!

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: October 22, 2008 )

Watch out, Spudley's about!
Woah! Nice surprise to suddenly have a batch of emails from in my inbox.
....(looks around for the suggestion Bea mentioned)....
Ah-ha! :-D Thank you Bea, Paul, et al.

Well, here I am. I haven't forgotten about Lit. I can't promise to be around much, but since you've all shaken my branch, I will try to pop in every now and then.

I haven't done very much writing lately. Lots to write about, but much less time (well, in fact, I have exactly the same amount of time as before, it's just that I'm using more of it doing things other than writing than I used to).

Now... the important question... what have I missed while I've been away?

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: October 22, 2008 )

Welcome back, Spudley!
Lot's of great changes already made, and fixes taken care of that were broken, new ownership, Chrispian is creating new sections, new categories added, and RCallaci is still as wise as ever in his administrate skills1

Glad Ms. Bea called you back, there is lots of room at the Lit.Org for all writers old and new, and now that Lit.Org is no longer a sister site to the Writing Forums, it's great to go with Peterpaulino's idea of calling all back to help join Chrispian, RCallaci and new owner the New Vision for a greater, brighter and more interactive than ever LIT.ORG!

Glad to see you, welcome again, looking forward to seeing you put in as much time as you can like you said.

Blessings and Namaste!

( Posted by: TheRealKarmaTseringLhamo [Member] On: October 22, 2008 )

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