Each day this month I've been posting a poem: one I like, want to remember, or has special meaning.
It's easy to read poetry.
Much more difficult to write.
But it's an exercise in discipline to memorize and recite.
It can even be a gift.
From Caroline Kennedy:
For each holiday or birthday, John and I would have to write or chose a poem for my mother. We had to copy it down and illustrate it, and she pasted them all in a special scrapbook.
In fourth grade, I remember struggling to memorize I Corinthians 13 or the Love Poem. The problem was not with the words, but the fact that I had waited until the night before to begin the process.
Today in Washington, DC, the finalists in the Poetry Out Loud contest are reciting their final selections and soon we will know the winner.
I'm curious to know who wins.
And what poem was recited.
In the meantime, for today?
Tell me about the first poem you had to memorize and recite.