One Stanza Poem O169

A Chinese saying is –
I hear and I forget –
I see and I remember –
I do and I understand 

I try to understand –
Hear, see or do whenever I can –
Making it easier to remember –
Harder to forget –
And always to appreciate




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I LOVE that Chinese saying as it’s SO true in life for how things often happens. However, I don’t believe it has to be completely true. That’s just because of how we tend to listen and see things. We don’t try to involve ourselves enough into it, or ask enough questions, or try to put ourselves in the shoes of others. It’s not always enough to help us understand, but it sometimes can be… and that’s what I try my best to do as I have grown older and, hopefully, wiser. 🙂

The O-series of poems are one stanza poems composed before I got onto writing haiku and tanka, and short poetry while in action or traveling by select means like plane or ferry. These poems are 3-9 lines long with at least one rhyming couplet, and not of the short forms just mentioned. For the sake of elegance, I just called the collection One.


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