With willow wood you wooed your beau,
setting her heart and mind aglow:
solitary-seated by canals you etched,
then slowly the sharp blade sketched
lovers initials intertwined, sharp incisions
on branch birthed blessings: Eden’s vision.
This lover’s present then parchment-wrapped,
carved cyphers secretly sang, summoned sap:
overnight it oozed from peeled willow wood,
catechist-craftsman created an imprint good;
then came Gutenberg-bible, God’s story told,
later breaking papal spiritual stranglehold….
Laurens Janszoon Coster (c. 1370, Haarlem, the Netherlands – c. 1440), or Laurens Jansz Koster, is the name of a purported inventor of a printing press from Haarlem. He allegedly invented printing simultaneously with Johannes Gutenberg and is regarded by some in the Netherlands as having invented printing first. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurens_Janszoon_Coster