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.