Tuesday, 19 December 2017

The Demise of the Telegram

Last Dinosaur, the Telegram?
Now classified as «also ran»
Outdated, reckoned obsolete
Gone the rush of postman's feet ...

Purveyor of good news or bad
Contained in phrases few, it had
An impact which was hard to guess
A source of joy or deep distress

Announcement of a train or birth
Or dear departed from the earth
Its advent always caused a stir
Excitement rippled in the air ...

The pace of life is quicker now
Electronics link us up – and how
Belgium's Telegram, revered, admired
Has now been gracefully retired...

(c) Poet in the woods 2017

In 1846 Belgium's first telegram was sent from Brussels to Antwerp!

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