Posted by Ben Naga
Because we forget
We keep notes on everything
Welcome to dotage
Posted on December 27, 2014, in Senryu and tagged (Black) humour, Ageing, Life. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.
I don’t mind dotage. I also like this poem.
Glad you like the poem. have a happy New Year.
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It’s true, Ben! We tend to forget easily nowadays when we’re focusing on our Now. Wishing you and your family, a beautiful weekend. Namaste
Timeless beneficence upon you.
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I forget before I have a chance to write it down except when I am actually writing. 🙂 Short term memory loss is part of my world.
I seem to remember a recent TED talk you posted about memory training. Perhaps you could revisit it? PERHAPS YOU SHOULD WRITE THIS DOWN IMMEDIATELY BEFORE YOU FORGET. 🙂
You do make me laugh and smile. I am afraid to say the short term memory is beyond shot. I am not sure it can be retrieved through any means. The Memory Clinic said it was a done deal. Just have to accept those moments. I do play Jeopardy to keep my mind tuned up on retrieval of memory & trivia. It is a great way to exercise the mind. 🙂
I place a call upstairs
To the library and archives
Where the old retainer’s stationed
Twenty-four seven (long hours, I admit
But they’re pretty simple tasks)
I’d like to access some word
Some book, some film, some name
Some person’s face or history
“Please,” I say, ever so politely
I always say “Please”
And “Thank you very much” as well
Hoping of course (as the brightest
Among you will have guessed)
That this carrot approach will
In time improve his performance
The stick approach is
In my humble opinion
(And in practice
The doddering voice
While in the silence
In the distance
I can discern
Those doddery footsteps
Receding among the stacks
Will he return, I wonder
Sometimes he’s gone for hours
For days even
Perhaps it’s time for superannuation
But he was always so loyal
And reliable in a crisis
Besides if I were to retire him
I’d get to wondering who’d be next
Writing notes is fine as long as you can remember where you put them. I need some kind of central bulletin board where I can pin them all. Or I suppose I can just forget about them.
Remembering them is just a part of the problem. I keep finding little piles of lists of previous notes. 🙂 😦
Alas, I can relate….
I wondered whether this might resonate with a few folk. 😉
Sigh. I have some fantastic poems I’ve written just before going to sleep. I’ll remember in the morning. But in the morning the poem left with the sandman. You are so insightful.
Try keeping a pen and pad by your bed. Works for me. 🙂 (Oh yes. … and glasses.)
I use my tablet or kindle. I have a note pad on both and the light is good. Thing is lately are the pain killers keep me physically zombie. That turning over and reaching is taxing.
Your personal comfort trumps any literary aspirations. Look after yourself and assist the natural healing process.
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"You should stop words and letters, and learn to withdraw and reflect on yourself. When you do so, your body and mind will naturally fall away, and your original Buddha nature will appear." - Dogen
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