I Have Retained That One

That reminds me of a verse I read in the Wall Street Journal over 40 years ago:

I wish I could retain,
By some Herculean feat,
As much of what I read
As I do of what I eat.

My hats off the to author, whoever he was. I have retained that one even after all those years.


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8 Responses to I Have Retained That One

  1. Cathy in NZ says:

    ummmmmmmmmmmm 🙂

  2. Linda Sand says:

    Our daughter used to ask me, “How do you KNOW that?” To which I usually answered, “It must have been in one of the books I’ve read.” My mind, apparently, retains some pretty odds facts from amongst all the fiction I’ve read.

    • Jean says:

      It’s interesting what sticks and what doesn’t, isn’t it? So we should tell Earl read for pleasure and if it sticks it sticks, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. We’ve had a good time anyway.

  3. tammy j says:

    I love it. “how do you KNOW that!” LOLOL.
    I seem to be forever quoting stuff now. and yet I too can never remember exactly where I read it. and no doubt I am quoting it wrong!
    the older I get the more I just remember the ‘gist of things.’
    and I like your attitude monk…
    “if it sticks it sticks, if it doesn’t it doesn’t. We’ve had a good time anyway.”
    ditto! 😀
    tammy j´s last blog post ..moving on old bean

    • Jean says:

      That one made a huge impression on me and it stuck. Also a New Yorker cartoon of two prisoners shackled to the wall of a dungeon, one saying to the other, “I have a plan!” Yep, that’s me. 😀

  4. Rummuser says:

    I can identify totally with Earl and also the poem.

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