November Joy 23: Random Memories

Ever randomly remembered memories that lit up your heart and brought smiles to your face during a sad or crazy day?
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Hello, dear reader! Ever randomly remembered a memory that lit up your heart and brought smiles to your face during a sad or crazy day?

For today’s edition of the November Joy Series, I want to talk to you about the importance of memories. Memories are like treasures that we keep in our hearts, reminding us of who we are, where we came from, and what we have been through. Memories can be joyful, sorrowful, amusing, or painful, but they are all valuable.

Here’s a quote by ‘I don’t know who’ that inspired today’s musing:

“I love those random memories that make me smile no matter what’s going on in my life.”

I think this quote shows us how to be grateful for the small things that make us happy, even when we are facing challenges or hardships. Sometimes, we need to pause from our worries and troubles and just recall the good times we had, the people we met, and the places we saw. Memories can also motivate us to create. As a poet, I often use my memories to write poems that reflect my feelings, emotions, or experiences. Memories can ignite our imagination and help us find our voice. Memories can also help us relate to others who have similar stories or views.

Here is a poem I wrote inspired by a random memory about a flower I found in Igalaland, featured in my poetry collection, Sunshine and Flowers:

Random Memories: flowers

like the carefully cultivated ones in parks
& gardens, unfolding petals in rainbow shades
of colours, brightening roadsides & balconies
& flower vases—you are the stem’s cry
of beauty (& love & peace & joy & everything)
to the universe of my heart.

like the wild ones, kissed by elegant birds
in wild forests, blossoming anywhere that
anything can blossom—you are the calm that
soothes my wild thoughts with brilliant
fragrance.

like flowers blooming in paintings,
on carpets, & pottery, & fabrics of dresses,
& imagery in poetry, & wherever
the dancing colours & singing shapes
of flowers lifts the mood of a scene like an
elevator lifts my sole from bottom to
cloud 9–you are the art come alive
in vivacious & vivid verses.

like bouquets of roses for valentine,
gladden lovers in every clime, & country,
& tribe, & people, & creed—you are the language
of sweet affection stringed in a clip of reggae
without words.

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I hope you liked this poem and that it made you smile too. Do you have any random memories that make you smile, no matter what? If so, I would love to hear from you. You can reply to this email or follow me on X and drop it as a comment on my #novemberjoy post.

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Until next time, stay safe, stay creative, and stay happy!

With ❤️
Jaachị Anyatọnwụ

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