Paper Clips


Bent to perfection
For practical means,
Taken from a straight rod
With just three turns it’s
Made into an all purpose clip.

The metal is strong
Willing to do its job forever,
Holding papers and
Scattering in a desk drawer
The clip is a workhorse.

It will do any job
Resetting electronics,
Digging under finger nails, or
Pinning notes to lapels,
But it’s also fragile.

The years have brought rust
To a clip with aging metal,
Lost in the back of a drawer
The constant bending has weakened the clip’s strength
Soon it will break.


Photo Credit: Richard Revel via Pexels

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