Wednesday, September 6, 2017


It’s Midweek Motif at Poets United
and we’re asked to feature MEMORY.
I consider it from a senior perspective.
Submitted to Poets United
September 5, 2017

Our minds used to be razor sharp
A name came to mind in a nonce
Somehow those days seem over
We’re not as sharp as we were once

But we become a formidable force
When we’re together in a group
We each contribute a piece of solution
That at first seemed to be word soup.

“He was tall”, says one; “A cowboy” says another
“That knock-kneed fellow, his name rhymed with pain”
And in no time at all, we’ve solved the dilemma
“Of course” we all shout, “His name was John Wayne!”

We enter a room and forget why we’re there
We park the car, then can’t remember where
A lifetime of memories are filed in our brain
And “It’ll come in a moment” is a common refrain

Put us together, we’re sharp as a tack
Alone we recall it, but it takes longer to come back
We’re happy together with our walkers and canes
Looking forward  to tomorrow and the time that remains.


  1. Hahaha! I love this, and I know it is true.
    "But we become a formidable force
    When we’re together in a group"
    Your humor and love of life shine through.

  2. I can certainly identify with many of the element of this poem, especially those moments when I can't quite pull something from the deep, dark recesses of my memory. Good one!

  3. LOL, this is so true and funny.........especially trying to remember names of actors, my sister and I may as well stop before we begin. There is a lot of flailing hands and squinted eyes in the process of trying to remember.

  4. So funny I enjoyed this a lot. Love the bit about John Wayne As I had all my life a memory retrieval problem I work with association all the time, and finding the road back to what I wanted to fish from my memory. You can become good at these games as well. Great that you have a whole team to do that lol Forgetting were parking the car is a good one as well which I only got since the last few years so I try to make a mental note of it when I park

  5. Love the humour you've packed into this..

  6. This made me smile, Bev! We really need to appreciate our collective memory, don't we? Eventually WE figure out what WE wanted to express. Ha.

    Makes me think about my own experiences - I sometimes don't remember a particular thing, but give me a few minutes and the memory will float to the surface. (Ha, and when that happens I always think - thank god! )

  7. What a hoot! I loved every word.. I think we all have those silver haired moments!

  8. Really love how humor eases life & you're an expert in it. Enjoyed every bit of it, Bev, specially "But we become a formidable force / When we’re together in a group" :D

  9. I'm right there with you, Bev. Love your light-hearted approach to the frustration of an aging mind!

  10. Ha...ha! Love your humorous take on the prompt, Bev. Lovely!

  11. Love the humor Beverly. You have a knack for it.


  12. Cute! As we grow, forward, memory seems to recede. Such is life.

  13. Aww I love this!!๐Ÿ’– Quite a delightful write, Bev ๐Ÿ’–