As Old Bones – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Sarah is hosting Poetics with an invitation to write a poem about yellow.

dVerse Poets- Poetics – Everything Yellow


“despite the proliferation of online newspapers and news sources, something about printer’s ink on a piece of paper makes it worthy of keeping.” Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler

As Old Bones

Who does that now?
Placing an add in a newspaper?
Hatched, Matched and despatched 
was the light-hearted riposte for 
classifieds celebrating significance,
and there I was, searching an old
photo album for those memories
when a piece of yellowed newsprint
fell out and fluttered to the floor.
I gingerly picked it up as if it were
likely to turn to dust, as old bones
are wont to do, and held it with awe,
for such things are surely treasures?

Copyright 2023 ©️Paul Vincent Cannon
All Rights Reserved ®️ 


Filed under Free Verse, life, memory, poem, quote

48 responses to “As Old Bones – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Will people one day wish that their parents had Archives their emails and tweets?

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  2. That yellow of old newspaper is so evocative. The contents seem so much more precious, it’s true.

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  3. I have come upon old newspaper… and it is truly brittle and yellow

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  4. In ancient China words written on paper were considered so sacred and powerful that all writing which has served its intended function was, by edict, collected and burnt every day.

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  5. sanaarizvi

    Oh those yellowed newsprints .. yes I remember them so clearly! Gorgeously rendered, Paul 💖💛💖

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  6. Those yellowed newspaper clippings are indeed treasures.

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  7. Still in small towns 😀

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  8. I hope paper newspapers (vs online) don’t become a thing of the past, and the same goes for physical books. Yellowed paper, great poem as a take on the color yellow

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  9. It really is amazing how words on paper become treasures, just like photos. Well done, Paul.

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  10. It has been some time since I saw a yellowed print but it reminds me of old letters and cards. Love this unique take on the promt.

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  11. There are still a lot of towns where, if we want to reach local audiences, we advertise in the newspaper.

    Nobody uses, trusts, or likes Craiglist any more.

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  12. lync56

    Yes indeed – there is a beauty and simplicity lost – so well said



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