The Hall of Memory


  • JAlden
  • After a couple years gone, I think it's about time I made a return. Time to upload some poetry.

The Hall of Memory

A door I saw, half open,
I looked inside to see,
A hall filled up with pictures,
Alive as you and me.
I shut the door behind me,
To see strange visions flash,
A whole entire lifetime:
I felt my spirit crash.
The images still-moving,
Could only be but real,
And all of the emotions,
That only I could feel.
The first picture, a baby, 
Newborn, in mother's arm,
Her face, a loving comfort,
To keep me safe from harm.
The second shows me walking,
My first steps held so dear,
My parents both were laughing
As childhood came near.
The third showed me a-talking,
And saying ABC's,
My founding education: 
The "Thank you," and the "please."
The fourth showed me fast racing,
My friends to clear blue lake,
To go and do some fishing,
And maybe catch a snake!
The fifth showed me in high school,
An awkward teen, at best,
With her, my only interest,
Who stood out from the rest.
The sixth shows me in college,
With parties till the morn,
More studying and laughing, 
Since ever I was born.
The seventh shows me kneeling,
To her, I now confide,
The secrets of my passion;
She says she'll be my bride!
The eighth shows me now pacing,
A crying baby dins,
I jump as nurse now enters
Says: "Papa, you got twins!"
The ninth shows us now raising,
The children on our own,
They grew so fast, now leaving,
And promising they'll phone.
The tenth shows us together,
Alone, but all we need,
Our children now have children,
We did our best, indeed.
So now I'm gazing onward,
I did my whole life see,
The sorrow, love, and joy,
In the Hall of Memory.

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dahlusion commented on The Hall of Memory


This is a snappy little piece with a decent downbeat. Cute. Peace and Light, Dah

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jandh4ever commented on The Hall of Memory


if i knew how to write like this i would love my poetry



haha Love it anyways! Not everyone has the same style. My chief device that I use for almost all my poetry is just rhythm and rhyme. You can buy a rhyming dictionary (or you could probably find one online) and then there are several great books that talk about how to use rhythm. The best book for that, in my belief, is "Writing Metrical Poetry" by William Baer. But really, not much else is better than reading other poets and emulating their style. Thanks again!

wheelsal commented on The Hall of Memory


The picture gallery of family. It holds diverse memories but so needed for our heritage. Nice write.

theelyricistboo commented on The Hall of Memory


Jaiden i really enjoy the flow of this poem.. you seriously talk about exactly what you want to speak about[:



Thank you. I enjoyed writing it. Iambic is the best. haha

Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations.

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