On Flair Pens, Gel Pens,
I do not care diddly-squat
Whether I use a pen or not.
Give me a pencil, give me chalk.
I do not care with what I talk.
If you write me a love letter
with a fountain pen or better
I might respond in lipstick scrawl.
It’s better than no love at all!
If you beg me for a date,
I may as well capitulate
with sooty stick grabbed from the fire
or a “yes” formed from bent wire.
The message, dear, is what we quote,
not the device with which we wrote.
The media might be the message, but the medium with which we write it is not!