Holding Together

The young birds had flown off the nest. A few memories in the shape of scattered stationery and toys remained.

A few months later, Joan could boast of seeing half a decade of life, and spending more than half of it, in cleaning up. Her job in the Fraud Prevention Cell of a bank, did not do much to boost a sagging spirit. The wonders of technology posed new challenges every day.

What could a paper clip do, in a paperless world? The brilliant invention is now a piece of junk. For how long could she hold it all together?


Inspired by Rochelle Wisoff at

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Image : Claire Sheldon



  1. Reblogged this on Read 4 Fun and commented:
    With the beginning of a new month, a bit of immediate, poignant, street-level philosophy. I will ask my students to read this and give immediate feedback about what they think is going on here. What a short passage with soooo many possible interpretations! It may not be a happy start to the day but it does kickstart the thought processes.

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  2. A true testament to the times in which we live. Paperless paperclips, stapleless pages on screens… So many changes in our livetimes, it seems. Another generation, and I wonder if they will even remember what it was like to hold a pen, or write their name.

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  3. Reena, I really enjoyed this and how you used the metaphor of the paperclip to reflect how Joan feels about her life at this point. However, I also thought it could be tightened up a bit in places. Looking at your opening line: “The young birds had flown off the nest”, the saying is to “fly out of the nest” and as it stands you’ve gone half way. Just food for thought.
    xx Rowena

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  4. I agree that technology and specifically AI/Machine Learning is making inroads to areas we always thought only people could perform, but as much as the computing industry boasted of creating a paperless society, there are still plenty of jobs that require physical documentation.

    Right now, I’m working in a back office behind a print shop and I can tell you, there’s plenty of paper and paperclips to go around.

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