The Computer’s First Christmas Card

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It’s a Friday afternoon, I’m as busy as a bee, and I need to write my advent blog post in five minutes. I need a theme: think Christmas, think technology…….think poetry???


Proustian memory time

It’s the 1970s when school boys wore Clarks sandals and had dirty faces; we sit crossed legged on a shiny cork floor, and our teacher reads us a poem.

Picture an avuncular man in a kipper tie, imparting verse in the style of a Dalek!

You need to know that the final line is delivered with a self-satisfied robotic squawk; which brings about an outbreak of childish laughter.

The Computer’s First Christmas Card

By Edwin Morgan (1968)

jollymerry
hollyberry
jollyberry
merryholly
happyholly
jollyjelly
jellybelly
bellymerry
hollyheppy
jollyMerry
marryJerry
merryHarry
hoppyBarry
heppyJarry
bobbyheppy
berryjorry
jorryjolly
moppyjelly
Mullymerry
Jerryjolly
bellyboppy
jorryhoppy
hollymoppy
Barrymerry
Jarryhappy
happyboppy
boppyjolly
jollymerry
merrymerry
merrymerry
merryChris
ammerryasa
Chrismerry
asMERRYCHR
YSANTHEMUM

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