I wrote a few days ago about how some books have a permanent address in my head. I meant that fairly literally, in the sense of a computer memory address, andd thought I’d provide a fwe short examples here. I will spare you all and not do a complete brain dump.

from Little Women:

A woman in a lonely home,
Hearing, like a sad refrain,
Be worthy love, and love will come
In the falling summer rain.

and of course

On the breast where she had drawn she first breath, she quietly drew her last, with no farewell but one loving look, one little sigh.

Yup, it still makes me cry.

From the Menolly books (I could go on for quite a while with these:

Honor those the dragons heed
In thgought and favor, word and deed.
Worlds are lost of worlsx are saved
From those dangers dragon-braved.


The fickle wind’s my foe
With tide his keen ally;
They’re jealous of my sea’s love
And rouse her with their lie.

Oh, wide sea, oh, dear sea
Heed not their story wile,
But bear we safely to my home
And from their watery guile.

From A Wrinkle in Time:

Das Werk lobt den Meister


Un asno viejo sabe mas que un potro

and from A Swiftly Tilting Planet:

At Tara in this fateful hour,
I call on all Heaven with its power,
And the Sun with its brightness,
And the snow with its whiteness,
And the fire with all the strength it hath,
And the lightning with its rapid wrath,
And the winds with their swiftness along their path,
And the sea with its deepness,
adnt he Earth with its steepness,
And the rocks with their starkness.
All these I place,
By God’s almighty help and grace,
Between myself and the powers of darkness!

From The Dark is Rising,

When the Dark comes rising
Six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track.
Wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, stone,
Five shall return and one go alone.

I solemnly swear I typed all of those from memory. They are really only samples; I think I can probably still quote all or most of the Menolly poems and all the verses from the Dark is Rising series. (Can’t do the whole poem from Little Women about the four chests in the attic, though, probably because when I replaced the falling-apart copy I inherited from my grandmother, the Scholastic paperback I bought turned out to be *spit* abridged.)

I have lots more poetry memorized, but the ones that are not from a book, I remember for their own sakes and for what they actually say. What words have permanent addresses in your brain, just because of their associations? They don’t have to be poems.