Today’s challenge is simple “Memorize a poem.” I will review some Shel Silverstein tonight with Em and pick one to memorize. Although, I am not certain that I don’t know damn near all of them.
In the meantime I have read and reread a piece of prose all day. I have kept it printed out in some form or another in my wallet or my jewelry box or my glove compartment for almost as long as I can recall. Someone mentioned it today and I remembered that in the midst of all this thinkin’ I should stay focused on the big stuff, not get lost in the details.
Failure is the monster under my bed. Making this one of the most meaningful paragraphs I have ever read.
“So you think that you’re a failure, do you? Well, you probably are. What’s wrong with that? In the first place, if you’ve any sense at all you must have learned by now that we pay just as dearly for our triumphs as we do for our defeats. Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free.”
~ Tom Robbins
I don’t know about reckless anymore, but I would sure as hell settle for free….
Have you ever memorized the poem that your ee cummings quote is from? I did that with mine, around the time I got the tattoo, even though ee cummings is hard to memorize because of the odd syntax.