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I Remember … (NPM ’16-Day 30)

30 Apr
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Story time with Aunt Helen

I Remember…

I remember the holes in the green roll-down blinds
and how they looked like a starry sky.

I remember caramel-colored fly paper
hanging twisty from the ceiling
dotted with black.

I remember making cakes and cookies
when we got to play with water in the sandbox.

I remember lying sick on the couch
and how the flowers in the living room curtains
became faces.

I remember story time with Aunt Helen.

I remember angel food cake
and strawberries with whipped cream
for every birthday.

I remember licking the beaters.

I remember Saturday work
and how much I hated it.

I remember washing the cream separator last
and how slimy the dishcloth got
in old soap and lukewarm water.

I remember early wash day mornings
with the sounds of the chugging machine
and daddy playing quartet records
while he waited for another load
to hang on the line.

I remember starting the fire in the sleigh—
the smell of kerosene and smoke
and how one side of my leg
would soon be sunburn-hot.

I remember grape juice and pop—
our Christmas dinner “wine.”

I remember frosty spring mornings
and cracking crystal ice.

I remember spring evenings
full of the drone and ribbet of frogs.

I remember the smell of earth
and the wind holding its breath
just before a summer rain.

I remember the gentle sound of grazing chickens
on summer holiday mornings.

I remember how prickly nervous I got
gathering eggs from nesting hens.

I remember the smell of the kitchen
when Mom made pickles.

I remember the smell of wheat
in the fall when Dad was combining.

I remember the sweet-sour caramel crab-apples
Mom made for fall picnics.

I remember reading
till 2:00 or 3:00 a.m.
and wishing Anne of Green Gables
was my friend.

©2016 by Violet Nesdoly (All rights reserved)

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I decided to take the April 29th NaPoWriMo challenge of writing an “I remember’ poem:

“… write a poem based on things you remember. Try to focus on specific details, and don’t worry about whether the memories are of important events, or are connected to each other.”

I discovered, once I got started, it was hard to stop! The poem contains only a few of my memories. Are they anything like yours?

And with that I come to the end of  poem-a-day National Poetry Month 2016! It was fun posting a new poem every day, even though sometimes a little hectic. Of the 30 poems I published this April, 28 were newly written this month. Thanks for all who came by to read and leave a comment!

I’ll now get back to my usual about twice-a-week posting schedule.

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4 Comments

Posted by on April 30, 2016 in People, Personal

 

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4 responses to “I Remember … (NPM ’16-Day 30)

  1. cvarsalona

    April 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Violet, this is a lovely format with such significant rememberings. Your photo is precious. This poem reminds me of Mary Lee Hahn’s Bygones collection. Here are two lines that stand out and should be the basis of a new poem to salute spring:
    I remember spring evenings
    full of the drone and ribbet of frogs.
    These lines have a pleasant ring to them and a seed of an idea for my new collection, Spring’s Seeds.

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  2. Maureen Sudlow

    April 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    beautiful memories

    Liked by 1 person

     
  3. margaretsmn

    May 1, 2016 at 5:38 am

    Violet, I have been reading your daily poems. I didn’t always comment, but wanted you to know I read every day. There is something special about sharing this experience of daily writing with others. “I remember” is a good poetry exercise. I believe you really did want Anne of Green Gables for your friend. Didn’t we all?

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    • Violet Nesdoly

      May 1, 2016 at 5:51 am

      Thanks, Margaret! I followed your poems as well as a few others and that has made this April a very special month. I love how you wrote to a theme. I think I will try that next April. Now for a happy May!

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