chandra thiagarajan


Adieu to Telegrams


Telegrams
Became a technology in senility
Of an era bygone
It has out- lived its utility
And had to go this morn.

The staccato of the Morse code
And the clatter of the teleprinter
Echoed off from this country’s mode
To send instant messages, sweet and bitter.

The facility of the telegram slid
From 163 years ago starting
On the 15th of July 2013, it bid
Good bye, with the great service ending!

Now the age of mobile phone
Makes way to send SMSs and e-mail
The age of telegrams is flown
Now Skype and Tango we avail!

Submitted: Monday, July 15, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

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  • David Wood (7/17/2013 12:43:00 PM)

    I still love writing letters and some of the people I email it would be quicker to write to! A lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (7/17/2013 3:19:00 AM)

    ... but the excitement which was associated with letters, and the fear attached with telegrams is missing now...
    (telegrams in my experience never brought any good news)
    the language of telegrams used to be fascinating for the terseness...
    i still remember Hemingway's telegram in The sun also rises: arriving sud express tomorrow, love, jack

    good poem! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (7/16/2013 9:18:00 AM)

    A dirge for the dead telegraph! Every death leaves a trail of sad memories, but pave way to the new is the decree of Nature! So let us welcome the inevitable! A timely write! Excellent! ! (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (7/16/2013 8:28:00 AM)

    Thanks for this write..

    Yesterday someone telegraphed to the NEW DELHI Head telegraph office the following message.

    Dear telegraph, hearty condolences on your death. May your memory remain in the annals of our postal history. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (7/16/2013 3:34:00 AM)

    excellent and the current affair topic chosen.........a good write as always (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (7/15/2013 2:07:00 PM)

    Old order changeth, yielding place to new a quote from Tennyson always holds. You gave a modern example through a neat poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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