There once was a writer wannabe
Who had a broken delete key,
But the words in her head
That had to be said,
Just wouldn’t come out perfectly.
Instead, she used the backspace
When her writing needed an erase.
As her manuscript arose,
She had to edit more prose;
There was backspacing all over the place!
Soon the neighboring key broke down,
There was no more ‘insert’ to be found.
The broken keyboard excuse:
A writer’s pathetic ruse?
Yet there were still plenty of keys to press down.
[Originally posted July 2015]