Ancient Penmanship

Mary sensibly reads her bible while Jesus playfully tears out Joseph's beard. A delightful family group I photographed in the Musee de Cluny, Paris
Mary sensibly reads her bible while Jesus playfully tears out Joseph’s beard. A delightful family group I photographed in the Musee de Cluny, Paris

A roman stylus

In a glass museum case

Dreams of a tablet

Prompts for this week’s Ronovan Writes Haiku were Pen and Muse and it got me thinking about the strange harking back to the past that is either embedded in our language or the revival of old terms used to apply to new technology.

I find it very peculiar that we now use tablets and styluses when they have both been out of use for a thousand years or more. Same with scroll features. And while we can only see the original “pens” in museum cases we rush out to possess the latest “tablet”. Museum is derived from the Latin for “the house of the Muses” and considering that they were the ones responsible for poetry and theatre it seems fitting that a part of a museum should contain the implements used to “pen” the verses they inspired.

Ronovan Writes weekly haiku challenge –  Muse and Pen

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12 Comments

  1. Lovely haiku, and what a delightfully humorous statue; people reassuringly remain similar through the ages, don’t they? . Rather nice that modern people obviously see and enjoy their role as innovators as part of a historical continuum! I was particularly amused by Ericsson calling their wireless communications technology Bluetooth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harald_Bluetooth and using runic representations of HB as the logo. I try to visualise the discussion that gave rise to the name … it always begins “Dude, it’s obvious”

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