“Computer” | Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson


I know that I do. But there’s so much information about our wide world online that we wouldn’t have access to without a computer, and that intrigued Catherine.

She didn’t title this poem, so I gave it the very unoriginal title of “Computer”. It’s one of the poems that she included in her self-made book:

Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson front cover

In the book are many poems that she wrote, mostly during the 1990s, inspired by life events or whatever she happened to be doing at the moment. They’re divided into categories; Whimsy, Canticles of Praise, Family, Nature, and Unfinished Symphony.

As you know, I’m committed to publishing the materials that my mother, Catherine Shumaker Brinson wrote, researched, and gathered that relate to our genealogy.

Her entire book, Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson, is now available on Amazon! You can read it on Kindle, or have your very own print copy for your and your family’s enjoyment and for posterity. Here are the links:

Paperback Kindle

I’ll also be publishing all her other genealogy research so that you can have it for your own family records.

So if you’re not already signed up for my Genealogy list, be sure and do that now! Here’s the link: https://www.subscribepage.com/g0c4a7

Here is “Computer”, a poem in Catherine’s book, from the Unfinished Symphony category.


Here I sit before this screen
My eyes about to close
But there is something about this machine
That holds me here – that holds me spellbound.
Now let me go you strange machine
Let me go tonight
And I will promise faithfully
That I will soon come back.
For when the sun rises on the morrow
I will look at you and try to borrow
Time from cleaning, and other things
For you have a calling, a ring
That asks me to come back again
And so tonight I close you down
And silence your hypnotic sound.
And so, Good Night!

Catherine Shumaker Brinson

“Computer” | Original Writings by Catherine Shumaker Brinson

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