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Flame-Heart

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So much have I forgotten in ten years,
So much in ten brief years! I have forgot
What time the purple apples come to juice,
And what month brings the shy forget-me-not.
I have forgot the special, startling season
Of the pimento's flowering and fruiting;
What time of year the ground doves brown the fields
And fill the noonday with their curious fluting.
I have forgotten much, but still remember
The poinsettia's red, blood-red in warm December.
I still recall the honey-fever grass,
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Carol Spencer 05 January 2021
I learnt this poem many years ago at school in Jamaica, I eft Jamaica in 1964. I have always loved Claude Mckay's poetry absolutely wonderful, takes me back to my wonderful childhood years.
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Stanley Bajue 12 February 2019
Stll remember my 5 for twenty against Holmwood.
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Ron D Heaven 07 February 2019
Simple, poignant, painfully lovely
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Clive Broomfield 30 April 2018
so much have I forgotten in ten short years...
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Michael Walker 17 March 2016
A trip down memory lane. M. Walker.
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Michael Walker 17 March 2016
Excellent. M.Walker.
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Clive Robinson 25 December 2009
This poem brings back memories - Strange, but still remember the beating the entire grade 5 class of 74' @ St. Judes Primary (Jamaica) would get for not reciting it properly with expression and all.
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Junyah Grant 08 June 2009
I learnt this poem as child in jamaica over thirty- five years ago. It brings back so many memories. Claude Mcakay always rekindles my love of nostalgic poems.
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