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September 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I memorized a poem this week.  Although I am a words person and I love the way that true, good poetry goes together, I had actually never memorized a single poem on purpose.  (Short little humor pieces and that refrigerator haiku don’t count, I don’t think.)

A colleague of mine mentioned last week that he memorizes a poem every month, and I decided I would join him.  I decided on Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night” — because everyone knows *of* it, but I didn’t really *know* it, and I wanted to understand it better.   Click here to read the poem and hear the author reading it himself.

Can I just say that this has changed my life?  The experience of having a poem under my skin like that, and the moment of reciting it for my colleague… this is BIG, and I love it.

Tags: daily · words · things I'd like to tell my mom

4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dan N. // Sep 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    “Everyone acting like it’s a commercial, acting like life is a big commercial.”

  • 2 Christie // Sep 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Make some sense, bro.

  • 3 Christie // Sep 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Oh, is that your poem? Good job, then, I guess. :)

  • 4 Cat // Sep 28, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Should I? by Joyce Armor

    Would I, could I, should I try to eat a slug, or will I die? Will it slide down sluggishly, or wiggle, squiggle buggishly?

    Will it stick and slime my tongue? Or slide down swiftly to my lung?

    I think that that would make me dead. I guess I’ll eat a worm instead.

    Juliana had to memorize a poem for school today. Guess who got most of it in the process?

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