As children we had to recite the times tables
and I used to recite poetry at family functions

Although half forgotten we can recall
those things we learnt by rote for recital

They may not be filed at the front of our memory
but are buried within to be reignited by triggers

A line, a name, a question something brings it to
the fore and we can recite it completely once more

daily prompt: Recite –  what can you recite from memory ..


    • ha ha you’ve reminded me I can count one to ten in quite a few languages, plus hello, how much, etc … tried to learn that much at least for each new country I visited 🙂

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    • The first (and only) thing that comes to mind is Robert Frost’s poem, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”. As a teen, I read S.E. Hinton’s book, “The Outsiders” and she references the poem. I found it so compelling that I made a point of memorizing it. Oh, and there’s song lyrics…they stick with me, never to be forgotten.

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      • How could I forget jingles?! Once the get into my head, they go round and round…but, for the life of me, I have the hardest time remembering my postal code and phone numbers–except for 867-5309 (the phone number from the song, “Jenny”).

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  1. Lovely and nostalgic poem. I recently discovered a local group for people with dementia and their carers called “remember a poem” the group are encouraged to remember poems that they had to recite at school and it has been found that even people with serious dementia can remember poems. They can also trigger other memories. Your poem reminded me of this and the power of words..

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    • childhood memories are the last to erase with dementia, so playing children;s games, singing, dancing all bring them out of that state for a brief moment, thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  2. So true! Fun memories come to mind…I think of alphabet, times tables, poems, songs, scripture verses, and rhymes we learned in elementary school. It’s interesting how we can quote those and sometimes forget what we had for breakfast yesterday! 😉 🙂
    My young adult kids and I have memorized lines from funny movies and quote them to each other. It makes us laugh! 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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  3. I’m old enough that I came from a time when children learned to recite so many things! The Pledge of Allegience started our school day, and there were nursery rhymes, chants we used when jumping rope, the names of the disciples at church… Too many to recall, but to this day I can finish any of them if I hear the start!

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  4. I can still recite all 50 United States in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. And I still know the Preamble to the Constitution by heart all these years later. Such incredibly useful information, when I can’t even figure out what day of the week it is sometimes. 😝

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