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This morning, I saw a post on Twitter by NPR’s Morning Edition, asking people what poems they have memorized.

I have a few. A special one by Yeats. A silly little refrain in Spanish. This simple, short poem was so much a part of my childhood, I can’t remember a time I didn’t know it by heart: “There is a Reason”

There is a reason
Why raindrops fall,
Why flowers bloom,
Why trees grow tall.


Photo by Angela Mapes Turner

I challenge you to memorize a poem sometime, if you haven’t already. Here are some reasons you should. And if you have favorites you know by heart, please share them in the comments.