Memories

It is the last week of the 10 Premodern Poems by Women public online course by Stanford University. It has been interesting to read poems written by women from the 17th to 20th centuries and learn about the lives of the poets themselves.

In Week 10, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem ‘Recuerdo’  is featured. It appeared in A Few Figs from Thistles: Poems and Sonnets (1922). Interestingly enough, out of the ten poems, only this poem is a happy one. Most of the other poems dealt with death, while some dealt with love. A few others talked about childhood, patriotism, etc.

Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

My chosen assignment question (out of four questions) is – write a happy poem. 🙂  Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem was entitled ‘Recuerdo’, which is Spanish for ‘memory’. So, I wrote a piece about childhood memories. However, it is a work of fiction and does not reflect any actual events in my childhood. 🙂

Memories

I remembered the days long past
The days when I saw you last
When we played together
In the orchards; helping father
Plucking fruits; eating half of them
Running in the mud; soiling our hems

I remembered the days long past
The days when I saw you last
Running beside the golden rice fields
And the harvest they generously yield
Catching fish for our dinner
The one who catches the most, the winner

I remembered the days long past
The days when I saw you last
When you got into your father’s car
With suitcases packed to go far
Over the seas far and wide
One day I’ll come visit you, over the tides

Khor Hui Min
8 June 2015

To visit the Stanford University public online courses page, click here.

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