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Ode to a Paper Clip
Avery Caswell

unjammer of Macs
unclogger of Elmer's
emergency orange stick
more elegant organization tool than
say the ubiquitous
vanilla manilla
tie on some string and
presto! an impromptu
feline amusement
or earthworm dangler
if you fancy fish 
for dinner
when I see a stray one
even a slighty rusty one 
along the curb
I bend to
rescue it
take it home
to my desk
where it can live 
with the others.

© by Avery Caswell.
Used with the author’s permission.


Avery Caswell is temporarily living in Baltimore, Maryland, although BuzzFeed quizzes suggest her place of residence should be Barcelona. She prefers cats, wishes she had a greener thumb, loves a good Martha Grimes mystery and hates snow. Avery was the lead author for LUCK, A Collection of Facts, Fiction, Incantations & Verse, and is currently completing her second novel, Conjure Silver.


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Vanilla Manila? Manila is the capital city of the Philippines! 😂
Posted 02/15/2019 09:36 PM
Posted 02/15/2019 09:35 PM
I rescue paper clips too, consider that they cost .99 per 100 small variety.
Posted 02/28/2014 09:07 AM
Clever, fun, and well-written!
Posted 02/28/2014 08:50 AM
Posted 02/28/2014 08:31 AM
Larry Schug:
My heart's beating too fast to type manilla correctly, though my computer does not want to spell it that way.
Posted 02/28/2014 06:34 AM
Larry Schug:
"vanilla manila" !! Be still my beating heart!
Posted 02/28/2014 06:32 AM

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