Ode to Word

One of my coworkers received this from a friend. The author is the friend’s daughter. I thought you’d all enjoy this, so I got permission to post it.


Ode to Word
By Rebecca Smith

My word!
It's Word!

Look at that shiny blue thing that's the title
I think it's a W
But it looks like
Either Arabic or Elvish.

Project Gallery.
Sounds interesting.
Pre-made budget documents?
What if child care isn't in my budget?

So I click on Newsletter.
My word, this is a gallery.
I'm stuck between "dragon" and "formal"
Ok, "formal"

It seems I have a "Newsletter Wizard" at my disposal.
Theme? well I wanted "Automotive"
But now my titles have gone blank
So perhaps I'll choose
"Construction zone"

my word!

It does look like a construction zone
a graphical one


I think my spelling is fine, thank you
Word is spelled word
and I don't HAVE to capitalize the first letter
it's a poem for cryin' out loud!
my word.

Perhaps a blank document.
How is the default font Times in 12?
Don't you know that it's impossible to see
Times in 12?


Helvetica in 14 will do
Even though you,
Oh mighty Word,
Are licensed to William Smith
I do not mean to type William Smith
Every time I type "will"

My word,
It seems it KNOWS
Times in 12
But I don't

Let's see
There's gotta be a way
To turn some of this stuff off
Perhaps I will ask the little animated computer in the corner
The one who's rearranged himself as a Rubic's cube...

My word!
I don't care what you say
But it's about as slow
As my grandpa's little Macintosh Classic II
In that
It still has to think
Before you change stuff
And there's a delay
From when you push the key
To when you see the letter

My word, look!
If I just type
To w
It gives me the option of writing
"To Whom It May Concern:"
which is handy
'cause I use that phrase
so often

is it true
that it takes Tools
out of the Toolbar
if you don't use them often?
What is the point of having a Toolbar
If there are no tools in it?

But of course!
What I REALLY want
Is for my headings to print bigger
Than they appear
So that they're cut off
And for my pictures
To all move 2 inches
Towards the top left-hand corner
And for my I's
To always be automatically capitalized
Which is sometimes helpful
Unless you're typing in a foreign language, or gibberish
When you need a lot of

Got paid
To think up
The name WORD?
They were thinking
Which WORD best describes a WORD-processing application
And they thought up
Could you use a dumber WORD
Than WORD??????