I remember there was a time when I can memorize just about anything. Some of you, like my mother would say, yeah, that’s call when you’re a child.
But that’s not true. I am struggling with memorization now because a few years back, my doctors prescribed me with a experimental dosage of thyroid medication. I was blasted with the side effects (weight-gain, fever, etc) from the medication, along with it, short-term memory lost.
Even though I am no longer on that medication but the harm’s already done. Even now, I’m having trouble remember everyday mundane things like did I close the garage door? Did I turn off the stove? What do I have to do today?
Thankfully, my childhood memories remained intact and untouched and I often find myself reminiscing back to the middle school days. Those were the times when I was the happiest because that was before I found out I began taking medication.
Anyway, back when I was in 6th grade, I was enrolled in a class where we did nothing except memorize poems. I was very good at that, best in the class I remember. What I liked about memorizing poetry is that I didn’t have decipher the meaning. I just need to memorize the words. The down side to this is when you’re just memorizing the words, you can forget the poem just as easily.
I can’t remember a single poem I’ve memorized in that class now. The only poem that is stuck in my mind now is the poem I learned when I just barely learning to speak. I only know the Chinese version of this poem but I researched it online and it turned out, wikipedia had the English version of the poem. It’s a bit weird though.
It’s called, A Quiet Night Thought or 靜夜思:
- 静夜思 A Quiet Night Thought
- 床前明月光 In front of my bed, there is bright moonlight.
- 疑是地上霜 It appears to be frost on the ground.
- 举头望明月 I lift my head and gaze at the August Moon,
- 低头思故乡 I lower my head and think of my hometown.