Poem: Reminiscence

I have not written many poems like this one. (Most of my poetry ends up as songs!) This exception was inspired by a “memory flash” triggered on a bus in Beijing, when I was teaching English there in 1987. My dad and I didn’t become “close knit” until after I was away from home at college. I guess I finally grew up enough to realize what treasures God had given me for parents. (I’ve long appreciated this quote from Mark Twain: “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years.”)

I am posting this poem here for several reasons: first, in honor of my dad’s 67th birthday; second, as an example of poetry for my students; and third, to remind myself that “making memories” with my own son is important!

Reminiscence

  • Connections…
  • Moved by a peanut still in its shell
  •      to a day
  •      a dad
  • Thirty thousand miles and fifteen years back in time.
  • “How do they get these things salty without opening them?”
  •      I can’t recall his answer.
  • The sound of the shell splitting
  •      signals
  •           the crack of the bat
  •           the roar of the crowd
  •           the fragrance of the freshly roasted nuts
  •                forever a favorite
  •                of a father
  •                taking time
  •                to make a memory.
  • Close knit? not really
  •      making such memories even more memorable.
  •           He was often too busy
  •           I too often disinterested
  •           –being different from my dad.
  • As time and travel take their toll
  •      which childhood treasures
  •      continue to touch and temper my life?
  • Not the tons of toys
  •           closets of clothes
  •           multitude of meals
  •           abundance of advice
  •      so much as the days, the hours,
  •      simply shared
  •           loving life
  •           sharing sunshine,
  •                smiles,
  •                and sometimes
  •           a pound of peanuts.
Michael Krigline, April 9, 1987 (Beijing)
 

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Monthly English Corner & Weekly Quote

  • August English Corner

    This month we will look at two practical ways to improve your English. First, pick a video (i.e., movie) with a lot of action and call a friend who also wants to improve listening and speaking skills. Have one person face the TV and the other face away. Show a portion of the video but turn off the volume. The person facing the TV describes the scene to the person facing away. Then the person facing away describes what he heard. Finally, watch the video together with the sound to see how accurate you were. Than trade places, and do it again for other clips. Secondly, build up your vocabulary schema by making labels for the various objects, appliances, furniture, etc., around your home or apartment–each month, label many things you don’t know how to say in English. Every time you walk around your home you will see these labels and it will help to reinforce the vocabulary. It is also helpful to be able to associate the real object with the name in your memory. Visit again next month!  © Mark Peter, M.A. Used with permission.


    Mr. Peter was Michael’s colleague at the Agape English Language Institute of Limestone College (Columbia, SC). Throughout his career, Mark has taught English at many schools and universities, in the US and in China.
  • Aug 15

    The world seldom notices who the teachers are, but civilization depends on what they do and what they say.

    –unknown (probably some unknown teacher or a grateful student!)


    Note: A quote’s original source is not always known, and authenticity has not been verified. To find out about an author, type the name into a search engine (like Google or Baidu). One of my favorite quotations websites is: www.quotationspage.com. 51

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