The Statue Maker

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Poem about high-tech sculpting.

The Statue Maker

The comfortable, leather
swivelchair, feels soft
against his old spine as
his claw-like hand makes
the electronic pen scratch
the forms in pixels
on the pliant screen.
The cleansed air
gently floats between the
glass displays that hold
the chisels and mallets,
tools of an old art.
The new digital clock
shows progress,
so much
already done.


No more dust or sweat,
blisters or cuts
from hours of tapping
on stone that hid the
shape within.
No more rhythm,
no soothing noise.
Now, soft purring
from the printer
controlled by
and menus with
too much choice.

Submitted: December 22, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Bert Broomberg. All rights reserved.

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tom mcmullen

Liked the last two lines Bert, things have changed alright Bert, well written!

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 1:11am


Thanks for your feedback ,Tom. I think 3-D printing is going to be the future for a lot of things including some types of art. I am not sure if that is going to be an improvement.

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 1:56am

JE Falcon aka JEF

Well written and described. --- 3-D printing, I presume (?). All gives way to progress and the art of the skilled hand.

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 1:30am


Thanks for your feedback. Yes, 3-D printing indeed. Somehow, I am not sure if it will be a success when applied to art. I think the interaction with a tool or a medium is part of the artistic value of the end product.

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 1:59am


How times have changed!!!Smart work.Made me think.

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 5:16am


Thanks for your feedback. Indeed. things are changing. But when it comes down to the digital approach to creating art, I have my doubts about the impact it will have. I haven't made up my mind yet.

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 2:01am

Donald Harry Roberts

almost sounds melancholy

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 12:08pm


Thanks for the feedback, Donald. In a way it does.

Thu, December 24th, 2020 2:22am

Mike S.

A fine poem, Bert

Wed, December 23rd, 2020 8:28pm


Thanks Mike.

Thu, December 24th, 2020 2:23am


The hands might benefit, but there is a lot lost. Beautiful writing, Bert.

Thu, December 24th, 2020 8:49pm


Thanks Hull. That's what I thought too. Part of the beauty of art is in the hardships or difficulties while trying to cope with the artistic materials that somehow become an integral part of the final result.

Sun, December 27th, 2020 3:19am

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