Growing up
We had a heavy black
Manual typewriter

My mom would lug
It out to the kitchen table
To type

Around ‘76
She got an electric one
And life shifted

It was lighter
And easier
To use

I had an electric
Self-correcting typewriter
For college papers

Then in ‘85
Apple donated a computer lab
To my grad school

Life shifted

I never did the math
Before today
Ten years – double shift

Now in 2023
Forty-seven years later
I shifted back

Jennifer Gurney lives in Colorado where she teaches, paints, writes and hikes. She is a newly published poet, at age 59, with more than 200 poems in print thus far (since November 2022). Jennifer has also published commentary about poetry. During the pandemic she joined the online poetry community of The Daily Haiku.