April 20: The Original Selfie Stick

by allisonkujiraoka

The original selfie stick

a Japanese invention

created thirty years ago

for family vacation.

A camera perched upon one end

the other held in hand

The man, his wife, their children posed

and clicked without a stand.

You must have made a fortune on that!

the journalist enthused.

Well, now that you mention it

it wasn’t widely used.

Admired for its novelty, but

our consumers wouldn’t commit.

Wielding one in public

was akin to embarrassment.