What? What’s that you say? You say today is poetry day? Calooh, Calay! Let’s memorize some poems, I say!
I have snippets of verse I’ve had to memorize in my life, two of which I referenced in that intro. I also have snippets of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat” floating around in my brain. As a writer, I devour words because they make my craft. Unfortunately, I don’t always remember the words.
So I’ve decided to try my hand at memorizing a poem a week, and I want you, dear readers, to join in the challenge!
How it works: I post a poem. I memorize it, you memorize it, and we recite it at the end of the week to ourselves, our cat, or whomever wants to listen. Then we memorize a new one!
What counts? Any poem! I’d like to be sure women and other minorities are well represented, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some Ogden Nash or Shakespeare!
That’s it? Yup! It’s pretty simple. This is about putting fun language in our heads to make us better writers. You can suggest poems in the comments. I’ll pick any that seem manageable (meaning, let’s not do “Song of Myself.”)
Ready? Okay! Let’s get to memorizing!
“Unfortunate Coincidence” by Dorothy Parker
By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying –
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.