Memorize a New Poem
When was the last time you memorized a poem? Have you ever memorized a poem?
I went through a phase of poetry reading as a pre-teen and early teen ager. I was very enamoured of the YA novel, “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton, and I can still recite off the poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. The only other poem that I could remember more than two lines was “Kubla Khan” which was featured in some forgotten teen book also.
April is National Poetry Month. I thought it appropriate to memorize a new poem for this month. I had to pick something that I liked.
I know a few lines of “Flanders Field” so that is one poem I am working on.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. -John McCrae
I am also working on a favorite ultra running poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. I plan to have these memorized by “Poem in Your Pocket Day” April 24.