Friday, September 18, 2009


I had lunch today with a friend in the Harbour. She lives in a beautiful log house that she designed, on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. It is an amazingly beautiful place, I wish I could show you pictures. It feels very spacious and light, there is a wonderful stained glass window from an old church in the living room and windows all along the north side give views of the Bay. On the deck off the kitchen doves, blue jays, woodpeckers and chickadees compete for the bird feeder.

When I asked my friend what she does with her time, she told me that one of the things she does is memorize poems. She said that the processes for seeing and hearing are handled very differently in the brain and these days she was focussing more on hearing than seeing. For example, she listens to audio books rather than reading them.

Anyway, back to the poems. She told me that the first poem she tried to memorize, a Yeats poem that she particularly liked, she was not able, it was just too hard. So she picked another poem and tried to memorize that. It was hard but she eventually succeeded, So then she tried another poem. When she had that one memorized she went back to the Yeats poem and this time she succeeded in memorizing it.

My friend then recited several poems that she had memorized, including the Yeats poem. It was absolutely enthralling to listen to. There is something quite profound about hearing a poem recited rather than read. She recited them in such a way that you could feel the poems, you could feel what the poet must have been trying to convey.

I was completely impressed. Impressed that she could do that, and impressed at how well she did it. She says she is slowly expanding her repertoire, learning more poems. She is looking for poems that appeal to her to memorize.

1 comment:

Barbara Anne said...

What a lovely setting and enchanting pasttime your friend enjoys!

Did her home give you ideas for a home you might build for yourself on property in that area? Hope you're making notes as you see or think of things you'd like to have in your home.