Making it your own

Do you have a repertoire of poetry that you’ve memorized?  Or, one single poem that you turn to when you need to be reminded of what’s important to you?  Or one that gives you comfort or support in some way?  Or a poem that is solely for your enjoyment?

For me, one poem I memorized and have recited at past poetry readings is Mary Oliver’s “Sleeping in the Forest

“I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.”

Creative Prompt:
If you haven’t memorized a poem, find one–it can be short–and memorize it.  Hold it close and when you’re in a circumstance where you feel it would be appropriate, share it with a friend, family or companion.  Surprise them (and yourself) with a poem!

Middle Falls, McCloud, CA

2 thoughts on “Making it your own

  1. I have never memorized a poem but this is reminding me of the first poem that grabbed my attention as a child… Fog by Carl Sandburg. It was right up my alley. Something I didn’t have to try to understand. It was so simple and to the point. I should memorize it for my grandchilden ( if I ever have any 🙂
    Thanks for sharing the Mary Oliver poem, I had never heard that one. It grabbed me, too!

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    • Thank you for your comment, Carolyn. Ah, love hearing about your memory of “FOG” by Carl Sandburg. I have a vague memory of that poem…I certainly grew up in the fog living by the ocean in San Francisco. I hope you do memorize it and share it with your grandchildren or anyone else who might benefit from hearing you recite a poem you treasure. Have a good day.


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