Session Four Handout

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Session Four: Poetry Assignment

Write a poem of at least 15 lines about an incident you remember. You may try writing a formula poem, starting each line or each group of lines with the phrase, “I remember.”

Samples of assignment

LET THERE BE MEMORIES

LET THERE BE MEMORIES of our daily things.
That helps me have peace remembering brings.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of fun times and sad.
Together we shared the good and the bad.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of your kind deeds.
Being right there when someone had needs.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of the people you touched.
By your caring, concern, helping and such.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of our forty-three years.
A number that surprised all of our peers.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of all that we did.
And our two boys, each a wonderful kid.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of our grandchildren three.
Their energy level was amazing to you and to me.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of our songs of the past.
They will live on and continue to last.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of your numerous dogs.
And your hunting raccoons out in the bogs.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of your "Uncle Jack" [a reference to Jack Daniels whiskey). The enjoyment you had in the barn in the back.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES of those twinkling eyes.
Particularly when telling those little white lies.
LET THERE BE MEMORIES so you will last on.
Even though in my heart I know you are gone. 

 

Childhood Memories

 

I remember the summer evenings when I was a kid. My dad would take our family and some of our young neighborhood friends for a ride in the back of his pick-up truck.

I remember how excited we were anticipating our trip to the east end of town to W&S, a drive-in ice cream parlor.

I remember we could hardly wait to order our 5 cent scoop of sherbet. This was quite a treat for us.

I remember when we were young our parents took my brother, sister and me to the Queen Theater on Sunday afternoons to see a movie

I remember that after the movie we would go next door to the Royal Confectionery where we would sit at a small table and order our five cent cokes.

I remember as we grew a little older, once a month on Sunday evening we were taken to the Tremont Sandwich Shop to have an egg sandwich and a glass of milk, totaling 15 cent per person. Those were the days!

I remember all the fun things as far back as 70 years or so, but I can’t remember the movie I saw on TV last night.