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By Alanna M

Ode to Forgotten Keys They sit Unnoticed, unwatched Under a fine Layer of nearly invisible dust. They are the useless, The futile, the vain, forgotten keys. Keys Meant for complex purposes No one is expected to understand. Or keys Meant for small, Nearly pointless things Tasks so insignificant We simply fail to recall them. The forgotten keys stare Ever jealous Of those noisy, USEFUL keys. Not forgotten keys like them. Jealous of the USEFUL keys, The spacebar, The enter, Shift, letters, numbers, The backspace. The stuck-up, Over-proud, I’m-so-much-better-than-those-forgotten keys. As shiny as polished boots, Fingerprinted like criminals going to prison, Object of other keys’ jealousies, USEFUL keys. Not forgotten keys Like them. The forgotten keys, The saddened squiggles, The backslash, the escape, The insert, The scroll, The end. Hidden out of the light Stuffed into corners. Sad and lonely keys. Keys longing For fingers to feel them, Pages to bear them Like flags or banners Waving in a strong, Crisp, cool wind. So let’s remember Those poor Forgotten keys, Slip them into an email Or paper, maybe Give them a reassuring tap. Remember the forgotten keys Or they’ll join A depressing, dismal pile of unnecessary Forgotten keys No longer on the keyboard. A pile of forgotten keys Hidden Under a thick layer Of very visible dust.

My poem, "Ode to Forgotten Keys," is an ode to something we never really think about. I was inspired to write this poem because I had nothing to write, and looked down at my fingers drumming on the keyboard. I suddenly realized that there were lots of keys I never use. I began to think about how they might feel, think, or even act if they were alive. With that, I started typing.

This poem is my best because I used a lot more smiley tricks than in my other poems. It has lots of intentional repetition, like "forgotten keys" and "USEFUL keys," and alliteration, such as "unnoticed, unwatched" and "saddened squiggles." This poem also has the most creative theme of the poems I wrote. On top of that, I absolutely love my full circle ending.

The first thing that I wrote was actually my second stanza; I planned to jump straight into a story about forgotten keys. Then I wrote the rest of the poem. After that, I decided to add my first stanza. Once I had something to work on, I changed, took out, or added some words by saying the lines out loud to see how well they went with the piece. I also used my thesaurus frequently to find words that fit in better (but not without knowing what they meant in the first place), and said what I was trying to say (i.e. futile, dismal). Finally, I had my teacher check it, and I moved around a few words to make the finished product.

My favorite line in the poem is "Remember the forgotten keys." This is the point I'm trying to get across. It's simple, not extravagant, and cuts straight to the point. It's also a very strong, demanding line, and fits well in the poem. My favorite word in the poem would have to be "futile." When I was writing my poem, I could not find a perfect word that was similar to useless or vain. I spent half an hour trying to find this word. It shows how much effort I put into my poem.

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