Help Me to Remember

I fear that I shall not long bear in mind
Memories I thought we’d always treasure;
But life’s uncertainties can seem unkind—
You and I have had more than our measure.
I’ve loved you without ever asking why.
Darling, we have been each other’s pleasure,
So do me this one favor ‘til I die:
With the cord of love retention tether,
Perchance this ill to sometimes nullify—
Help me to remember us together.


Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Based on the 2004 film The Notebook

Stress Matrix Dectet ~ 10-line poem with 10 syllables per line
rhyme and rhythm are strict
odd lines are iambic pentameter; even lines are trochaic pentameter
Rhyme scheme: aBaBcBcDcD, where the lowercase letters represent iambic lines and the uppercase letters represent trochaic lines
This poem is mathematically precise, for the end result is a perfectly symmetrical rhyme and a checkerboard effect of stressed and unstressed syllables.


12 Replies to “Help Me to Remember”

    1. Thank you. I’m just now making my way through two weeks’ worth of comments, as I’ve been in Mexico. All my posts were scheduled ahead of time. I had a wonderful time visiting old friends and meeting new ones, but I came home sick. 😦 Hopefully it won’t last too long. At any rate, it’s good to be home.

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      1. Great, so pleased you got away from home for a while when you return home it makes life seem good, and you look at things in your world a different way. Hope your health is improving. Cheers, my friend.

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    1. What a tremendous compliment! I was deeply moved by the film and simply rose to the occasion. I also bought and read the book, then wrote another poem based on the book. If I ever write a novel of my own, I will owe part of my inspiration to Nicholas Sparks.

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