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The Book of My Life ~ Old Memories Linger (a Poem)

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

The Book of My Life ~ Old Memories Linger

In my muddled old mind, I am surprised to find,

Recollection of things long ago.

From happy childhood days, when my friends and I played,

Whereas recent events quickly go.


Old memories linger, like warm tea with ginger,

Or the smell of my grandma’s fresh bread.

All the sights and the smells, and the tall-tales as well,

Forever have a place in my head.


I remember grandpa in his old vintage car

That drew stares as it chugged down the road,

And the old rocking chair at the top of the stairs

In grandma and grandpa’s abode.


Or the months that we camped in a tent with a lamp,

And that kerosene smell’s with me still.

Or the first house we owned, that we could call our home,

And the time that it took dad to build.


I recall my childhood in that first neighbourhood,

Freely walking to school with my friends.

Those were innocent times with no real fear of crime.

So removed from the world’s current trends.


Now, if answers you seek of what I did last week,

I’ll offer a confused, vacant stare.

Old memories are fresh, preserved better than flesh,

But recent recollections are rare.


It’s good to remember our childhood forever,

But I’d like to recapture it all.

The later years also, sometimes I think more-so,

So many great moments to recall.


Like grandchildren’s names, and their favourite games,

And the places I’ve been with my wife.

Each day there’re new stories, adding more memories

To the wonderful book of my life.

About This Poem

This poem was my response to Word Prompts Help Creativity/Week 17: "Memories" by Brenda Arledge.

"Memories impact us all. Some are sad, others are happy, but it's one thing we all have in common." - Brenda Arledge


I absolutely love the word prompt "Memories" and the possibilities it offers a writer, so I couldn't wait to put my pen to paper and see what I could come up with.

For this poem, I used A.B."Banjo" Paterson's "A Bush Christening" as inspiration by borrowing its metre (meter) and rhyme scheme. The Book of My Life ~ Old Memories Linger follows a syllable count of 12-9-12-9 and the A B C B rhyme scheme with an internal rhyme of the 6th and 12th words in the longer lines.

Thank you for reading. As always comments are most welcome.


Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 21, 2021:

Yes, Mary. It did seem like a different world back then. Thank you for reading.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 21, 2021:

Wonderful memories and encapsulated in a poem. We did enjoy a different world from what it is today.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2021:

Hello Gyanendra. I am glad you could relate to this poem and thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2021:

Thank you for reading this, MG. It is a compliment when someone who doesn't normally read much poetry gives such an encouraging comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2021:

Thank you for reading Linda. It seems that we remember things more vividly if our sense of smell is involved, or so I often find. I am glad you enjoyed this poem.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on June 17, 2021:

John,

Yes, old memories linger on with warm tea and ginger. And the sights and sound of childhood days with innocense. Thank you for taking up Brenda's challenge and sharing your days of fabulous memories.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 17, 2021:

John, I love old memories and though I don't read much poetry, this poem was absolutely wonderful. It kindled a spark and made me think.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 17, 2021:

I love the idea of old memories lingering like warm tea and ginger. That’s a lovely thought. Thank you for creating an enjoyable response to Brenda’s challenge.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you Rodric. I am glad you enjoyed this and found my explanation of the rhyme and meter of the poem helpful. I look forward to reading your response to this challenge.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on June 16, 2021:

I love the story and the infrastructure of this poem. I want to copy your infrastructure and am glad you gave the rhyme and meter. It takes time to figure out how to put those words together to fit the right format AND make the story compelling. Thanks for the memories. I think again you have empowered me to try the prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you for reading and enjoying, Nella.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on June 16, 2021:

I enjoyed this poem very much. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Hello Linda, I am please you enjoyed this poem. It seems many reader (over a certain age lol) can relate to the long term memory vs short situation. I am forever forgetting the names of flowers or what I did the previous day. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Brenda, I feel we need to keep challenging ourselves as writers, so I like to try to write different forms of poetry by borrowing from the structure of past poets. I find it a very satisfying challenge but not as difficult as it may seem.

I am glad you enjoyed the poem and can relate to my words. Thank you for sharing the link.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Hi Shauna, I just like to challenge myself with different poetic structures from time to time, usually by borrowing from poems by old Aussie poets like Paterson or Lawson.

I am glad you enjoyed this poem and can relate. Thanks for reading..twice.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 16, 2021:

John, this is precious. The innocence of childhood and sweet memories of loved people and places of long ago. I can relate; as I enter my 7th decade I find my thoughts wandering back to those quieter, gentler times. But, don't ask me what I ate for dinner last night or the name of that plant in my flower bed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 16, 2021:

John

I love your poem.

It is odd that we can't remember what happened this week, but I am very familiar with that gaze on my face when someone asks & I'm trying to figure it out.

But memories of long ago are right there at my finger tips.

I love how you seem to challenge yourself even further by writing your poem with a rythm...

a syllable count of 12-9-12-9 and the A B C B rhyme scheme with an internal rhyme of the 6th and 12th words in the longer lines.

You are definitely talented my friend and you challenge yourself along the way.

Your poem reflects a wonderful life through your memories.

Like grandpa's vintage car & walking to school...I remember those days walking & we didn't get snow days.

Each day that passes we add new memories to our book of life.

Wonderful writing.

I will post a link in the article.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 16, 2021:

John, the meters and rhyme scheme is Greek to me, but your poem is absolutely amazing.

Funny how memories from long ago are clear as a bell but we can't remember what we had for dinner last Tuesday!

Awesome poem, John. I'm going back to read it again.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Hello Peg. I am happy you can relate to my poem and enjoy the read. Yes, Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease on both the suffer and their families.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

I knew you would relate to this poem, Bill. I have read a lot of your wonderful childhood reflections. We have to grab hold of each passing moment for every year seems to fly by so fast as we age. I appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 16, 2021:

I loved this poem, and it is one to which most of us can relate except for those who suffer from Alzheimer's. That is such a sad disease!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 16, 2021:

Welcome to my mind, flooded daily with memories of my childhood, my young adulthood. Growing older means embracing times flown by. Well done, John, but I expect nothing less from a man of your talents.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Hi Rozlin, I am pleased that you liked the rhyme scheme in this poem, and sharing my memories. Much appreciated.

Rozlin from UAE on June 16, 2021:

Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, John. I enjoyed reading about your memories from the book of your life. I like the rhyming pairs you make in your poems. Thanks for sharing this joyful read. Blessings

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi. I am glad you enjoyed sharing in my reminiscing. Memories are to be cherished.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on June 16, 2021:

Wonderful poem John. You have delved into some poignant memories that would forever remain within our hearts and be cherished. Thanks for sharing this wonderful bit of your life.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Hello Vidya. I am glad you found my explanation of the structure of the poem interesting, as well as the message in the poem itself. Yes, I think we should all keep a book of our lives. Take care.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 16, 2021:

Thanks for introducing us to the A B C B rhyme scheme with an internal rhyme of the 6th and 12th words in the longer lines, John. Each creation of yours is not only inspiring but educative for us. I enjoyed reading about the memories from the book of your life. We all need to have such a book to get us through our days of dusk. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you, Fran. It is always a pleasure to have you read my work.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on June 16, 2021:

What a compelling poem about memories. It invoked some it seems I forgot about. Again, your poems evoke thought. Thank you for your article.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Misbah, your insightful comments always add extra value to my articles. I too wish we had a time machine so we could revisit our childhood when life seemed so much simpler.

Thank you for sharing that wonderful quote and for your kind words. Blessings to you also.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 16, 2021:

John, you have penned a beautiful poem. Childhood, the moment of innocence, is something I miss today. As we grow older, life throws us difficult Challenges, which are necessary for us to learn, but how amazing were those days when we didn't know anything? When a tight mother hug helps you forget all your worries, there was no need to be afraid. I wish I could bring those days back to my life. Ahh, why they are taking so much time to make a time machine...Lol...Wonderful response to Brenda's prompt

“The past beats inside me like a second heart.”

― John Banville, The Sea

Blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. Your words humble me, but it pleases me that you could relate to this poem and enjoy what I write. Glad you liked the images too. Blessings to you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 16, 2021:

I very much relate to this article as it seems like now that I am older I think of past memories more often. Maybe it is because I am not so busy now.

I really enjoyed reading your poem and the pictures added a beautiful touch to this article. I appreciate everything you write, John. This is beautifully done, like always. This is a lovely response to Brenda's prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you so much for reading and your great comment, Devika. Much appreciated.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 16, 2021:

Jodah rekindling memories is a wonderful part of our lives and you did that so well here. I often think of such memories. You met the challenge and I enjoyed reading about your memories t are special and should always be part of you no matter what it is.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Hello, Chitrangada, thank you for your generous response. I enjoyed writing this and rekindling memories myself.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2021:

Excellent response to the word prompt, memories. It’s the old and sweet memories indeed, that linger. You refreshed some of mine, through your well crafted poem.

Thank you for sharing another beautiful creation of yours.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 16, 2021:

Thank you for being the first to read this, Rosina. I appreciate your kind comment. Glad you enjoyed the images.

Rosina S Khan on June 16, 2021:

A lovely poem about memories, John. You met Brenda's word prompt challenge adequately. I loved the images and photos too. Thank you for sharing.

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