If only I was, as tall as a tree
Then I could gaze, to eternity
As a child in school, during the 1960’s, we had to memorize poetry.
Then flawlessly recite it out loud, to the class.
What was the purpose?
I recall none of the poems today.
I never used them in ‘life’.
Poetry is not a main attraction for me today.
By the time I had children of my own, schools no longer read/recited poetry.
So what was the point to memorize and regurgitate poetry as an 8-11 year old child?
Grandma remembers the first poem she first memorized at age 8 or 9.
” The wise old owl sat on an oak,
The more he saw, the less he spoke,
The less he spoke, the more he heard,
Why aren’t we like that wise old bird? “
Did any of you have to memorize and recite poetry at a young age?
Did you enjoy it?
Do you remember any of the poems today?
Daily Prompt: memorize