10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Fountain Pens

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10-line Poem Challenge #34: Ten-by-Ten – Fountain Pens

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Photo CreditAmerican lever filler made of celluloid (Lapis lazuli blue) by Mabie Todd & Co. New York from 1927, model 172/52.

This morning I had a comment on my Poem, Nibs Pens which gave me the idea of writing a sequence to that poem about the fountain pen.

This is part of it Wait, you had to fill a fountain pen? It didn’t come prefilled? I didn’t know that. it’s cool how your poem is both lovely and educational”.

Filling Fountain Pens

Memories of writing with a fountain pen
filling it with ink instead of dipping.
Retractable tube above the pen point
contained internal reservoir of ink
eliminating the dunking nib pen.
Next pens had removable reservoirs
in the form of pre-filled ink cartridges.
The fountain pens retained their dominance
during all my teenage years while schooling
early ballpoint pens, very expensive.

Ten-by-Ten is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written in one single stanza.
  • It is made with 10 syllables per line, written on any subject.
  • Rhyme and rhythm are optional.


  1. I enjoyed your poem. I never wrote with the sort of pen that had to be dipped or filled, though I’ve often wondered what it would be like as I’ve seen it done in the movies. Beautiful Ten-by-Ten. I agree with MLN: you should write a trilogy. 🙂

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