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Bob Lind, Published January 15 2013

Neighbors: Poems, ‘Tales’ of long ago still harbor great meaning

Several people have written Neighbors about how poetry was emphasized in schools in the past.

This led Elaine Hofer, of Fargo, to seek help in remembering the title of a poem she learned in fourth grade in a rural school near Regent, N.D.

It went something like this, she says:

“Like to come and see you, Daddy, and perhaps I will some day;

“Like to come back East and visit, but I wouldn’t care to stay.

“Glad you’re doing well and happy and love your country best,

“But for me I always hunger for the freedom of the West.”

“That poem was so special in my life,” Elaine writes.

“We moved from Regent in 1940 and ended up at Arvilla, N.D., then to Larimore, N.D., and eventually to Fargo.

“I’m 82 years old, but I still remember that poem – but not all of it.

“I would really like to get a copy of it, so if anyone can tell me its name or its author, I would really appreciate it.”

Recalling the ‘Tales’

A column about a person who had to memorize part of the “Canterbury Tales” “dredged up many memories for me,” LaVerne Johnson, of Fargo, writes.

“In our very small farmhouse we were exposed to our older brother’s school assignments. My brother, Amer, two years older than I was, had to memorize that very portion of ‘Canterbury Tales’ (that was carried in this column).

“I heard him memorizing it night after night until it became focused in my brain.

“It fascinated me as a freshman in high school. To this day, I can recite those four verses, held captive in my brain cells.”

It’s good knowing LaVerne’s brain cells can hold something captive. Neighbors’ brain cells can’t hold captive what day this is.

Now let’s see, where were we?

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