“Ode to the Lowly Paper Clip”

Continu’ous line, curved terminals
Aglow with gleaming silver grace.
Clip splits to bind prose germinals
Or snap on page to mark my place.

Two sides make cap and low’r case J
Press flat to form the letter S.
The Js close bags so they will stay
S holds my keys above the mess.

Kids link the clips and jewelry make
Crooks stretch out straight to open doors.
For salt, it clears the holes to shake
The comely clip does many chores.

(Written for dVerse MTB—The Things We See. October 30, 2014.)

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16 Responses to “Ode to the Lowly Paper Clip”

  1. brian miller says:

    ha. I skipped the title…but quickly figured out it was the paper clip….they are like a multitool….

  2. claudia says:

    ha – very nice – really – i think the paper clips in the world are thankful that you wrote an ode to them… they’re so multifunctional in such a humble way that it’s time they get a bit of a stage and a spotlight.. thank you…

  3. Justin Lamb says:

    Nicely done. I have never considered a paper clip so thoroughly until now.

  4. oh yes!.. in a world of paper work.. the clip is friend or foe.. but never one.. can do without.. they sit here or there.. and are often found behind this and that .. in years come past.. when new furniture.. or cleaning done.. but still after all of that.. rest.. they can continue their roles…

    to clip life securely together.. in words of paper.. that never sing….the clip is cold..

    the papers are cold so often too…mechanical words.. that have

    no heart….

  5. Surely every Action Hero Toolkit includes them to ensure you’re always ready for adventure. I expect MacGyver carried them with him. Perfect description of an “important” everyday item. Duct tape is next.

    • vbholmes says:

      Thanks for commenting, Lynne. In my world, the paper clip is the first “tool” I reach for…however, duct tape is a close second (do I sound like an incurable do-it-yourselfer?).

  6. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Think of the world pre-paper clips (when was it invented); did they predate staples? What a creative take on the prompt; cool.

  7. vbholmes says:

    There is mention of patents for the staple as well as’ the paper clip with dates in the 1860s and ’70s. As they say, great minds and all that stuff….

  8. Grace says:

    What you can do with a paper clip, it does indeed many chores ~ Good eye on this one ~

  9. Mary says:

    Enjoyed this! The lowly paper clip is definitely under-rated. Your poem makes sense to me!

  10. billgncs says:

    overlooked and under praised ( until now ) but when you need one….

    have you ever considered a poem for the safety-pin 🙂

  11. Sumana Roy says:

    resourceful paper clips…a clever take on the prompt 🙂

  12. vb, you answered the challenge wonderfully with your ode to the paper clip, showing us the beauty and functionality of it. Nice done!


  13. kaykuala says:

    A lowly paper clip can be a multi- purpose ‘implement’ depending on ingenuity of man. Great observation vb!


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