“One River One Boat” deserves to be heard. South Carolina’s US Congressman Jim Clyburn read it on the US House floor yesterday admitting it into congressional record.Another of my state’s citizens, Brenda Peart, was moved to do her own reading of the poem.
I know there’s something better down the road. — Elizabeth Alexander
Because our history is a knot we try to unravel, while others try to tighten it, we tire easily and fray the cords that bind us. The cord is a slow moving river, spiraling across the land in a succession of S’s, splintering near the sea.
When presenting, you may know your message well, but your audience doesn’t. You have to teach them. That means repeat your core idea at least three times:
Tell them what you’re going to tell them.
Tell them what you’re telling them.
Tell them what you’ve told them.
When you’ve a message
you want all to recall
but, the listener’s
tired and distracted.
Don’t worry, my dear, repetition’s your friend!
Repeating is where you get traction.
Plant the seed.
Lay the message out once.
Introduce the thing you’ll be selling.
But, the message is risked
if it’s not fixed
in the anchoring soil of re-telling.
So, repeat it,
then say it again,
(and maybe once more for good measure). Repeating mitigates
all the dissipates.
Repeat puts the ‘all’ in recalling.
I know what you’re thinking.
can’t possibly fix all the blanking.
But, trust me, my friend,
when the goal is retrieving …
nothing beats the art of repeating!
Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge? “A poem with ‘repeating’.” I tried a poem about repeating …
Sometimes we say it again, say it with friends.
Sometimes we need a witness.
Sometimes we need a mirror.
Sometimes we just need, and it helps if someone is there for us when we do.
Sometimes, only the oldest of friends will do.
Here’s to saving, savoring, celebrating that
wonderful thing called
good old friends.