Rain, New Year's Eve was a very interesting poem to read. This poem reminded me of "What the fire hydrant said to the black boy" by Clint Smith because there are comparisons made in both poems that you wouldn't expect to be made. I thought this poem was very inspirational. It shows a connection between the frustrations of rainy weather that people can't change and the frustrations of a broken piano that we cannot change. This poem is about learning to love the world the way it is by using a broken piano as a metaphor, explaining how nothing is perfect, and by accepting things we don't like.
The broken piano metaphor in this poem is used to show that you can fix a piano, but you can't fix everything you don't like in life. Rain is depressing and it would be nice to always have sunshine, but that isn't how the world works. We have to learn to accept the flaws in life instead of always trying to fix what we do not like. A piano makes beautiful music, but it won't last forever and we have to learn to appreciate to love what we have when we have it, The broken piano metaphor really helps to show the deeper meaning of this poem which is to love the world the way it is even on the days that the same note is being played.
Smith does a very good job using an emotional appeal in this poem by talking about the relationship between a mother and her child. " Let me love the world I love my young son, not only when he cups my face in his sticky hands, but when, roughhousing, he accidentally splits my lip,..." This quote really grabs the attention because Smith is talking about the love a mother has for her child is too great to let a little split lip ruin her day. A mother will love her child no matter their flaws because no one is perfect. The world is not perfect and we need to learn to love it like a mother loves their child.
There are so many things in this world that are frustrating and we wish were different, but it is a part of life. The world is flawed just like people are, but we are all beautiful and unique in our own way and that is what Smith's message is in this poem. " Already she knows loving the world means loving the wobbles you can't shim, the creaks you can't oil silent-..." Smith is stating in this quote that not everything can be oiled silent like a broken piano. We have to stay calm when life throws us a curve ball.
Overall, Smith has a very beautiful message throughout this poem. The broken piano metaphor relates to the fact that there are things in this world that we feel are broken in our eyes, but they aren't to other people and we need to learn to accept things for what they are. Using a mother's relationship with her child can create an emotional appeal for the reader because nothing is more special than a relationship between a mother and her child. The world is beautiful in so many ways and we need to accept the flaws that come with it because nothing is perfect. That is the true beauty of life and I hope to love the world with all of its flaws.
I Am Offering this Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca is a beautiful love poem. In the poem, Baca explains the love he has for a girl and how he will be there for her with the love he has to offer while the man with money will not be. The big idea is that he will be there to warm her up in this very cold world. People don't always stick around when things get tough, but someone that truly loves you will. Baca creates the idea that he will always be around to warm her up, money does not outweigh love, and that he will stick around when no one else will.
Baca makes it very clear throughout the poem that he will do his best to always make sure she is warm and safe. "... and I will answer, give you directions, and let you warm yourself by this fire, rest by this fire, and make you feel safe..." I love this quote because it shows how much he cares for her. He explains throughout the poem that he will always make sure she is warm. He does not ever want to see her cold or in pain.
The big message that I take away from this poem is that money does not outweigh love. Baca is saying throughout the poem that he will be there for her with the little bit he has to offer while a man with money will not stick around. I think it is really powerful that he says " I love you" four times throughout the poem and it is separated from the rest of the poem. It shows that love is what matters and is all you ever need. Having someone by your side no matter what is more fulfilling in life than any amount of money.
Baca says throughout the poem that he will be there for her in this cold world to warm her up when no one else will. He truly loves this woman and makes it clear that he is not going anywhere. He may not be the perfect guy, but he will love her like no one else will. I think it is sweet that he explains how he will always make sure she is taken care of in this cold world. He truly loves her because he cares about her well being and wants to make sure she is warm and has a full belly at the end of the night.
Overall, this is a beautiful love poem. Baca's big idea throughout the poem is that he will be there to love and take care of her when no one else in this world cares if she lives or dies. He explains how he does not have much to give her, but has the best thing to give which is love. He will always keep her warm and make her feel safe. He tells her everything he can offer her and love is the most powerful thing to offer.
This poem is more for an adult audience, but I found it very interesting because she talks about the childhood experience. Melissa Stein makes it seem like her childhood was not as interesting because she did not experience everything a lot of kids her age did. Kids always think they have to do everything everyone else is doing because it is "cool". By the end of the poem, Stein gets to the point she is trying to make which is once you grow up; all of those "tough" decisions you had to make to determine if you fit in or not actually do not matter. Stein makes a claim that the decisions we make as kids are not a big deal like we make them seem and she does this by talking about her childhood, using examples that other people can relate to, and in the end using an almost sarcastic tone to explain how we laugh at what we once thought was a big deal.
Stein talks about her childhood as an outsider aspect because she didn't do everything all of the other kids were doing. "...right under my nose kids my age were creeping into adulthood one clammy, trembling palm on one breast at a time." The way she describes the seven minutes in heaven experience is interesting because she did not experience it so she is describing it how she feels it went...uncomfortable. Stein mentions how she was taught how to butcher an entire hog while other kids were doing typical kid things. She was learning something while other kids are having their first kisses.
Stein also mentions the horror kids have to go through of not getting picked in gym class. I think she compares seven minutes in heaven to not getting picked in gym so that the reader can understand how this made her feel as a child even though it won't matter later in life. Stein is trying to say that we need to figure out what is important before it is too late because it could determine the lifestyle we live. Kids get so stuck in worrying about how to be cool or fit in, but not worrying enough about more important things like education and living a good life. Being immature is just natural as a kid and so are the things we think are important in that moment.
Towards the end, Stein is saying that by the time we realize half of the decisions we made as kids do not matter; we are already grown and making grown up decisions. By that time, we are settling down with a serious job and ready to start a family. We are ready to have kids of our own that will go through the same conflicts of seven minutes in heaven or not getting picked in gym class and think it is the end of the world. The decisions we make as kids are not horrible like we think, but we learn from them and it helps shape the way we are later in life. Stein does a good job of making her claim clear and that not getting groped in a closet is actually a good thing.
Overall, I thought this poem was really interesting and can definitely relate to any adult. As kids, we think we are suffering if we are not cool, but being cool does not matter once you become an adult and have to live in the real world. Stein using her own childhood experience can help the reader connect even more emotionally. She uses examples that most readers could relate to so they understand the effect it had on her as a kid. The decisions we make as kids don't hurt us, but they do help shape how we are as adults.
I chose the poem, "What the fire hydrant said to the black boy" by Clint Smith because it talks about an important issue that still goes on in today's society. I thought this poem was really interesting because of the comparison Smith makes between the fire hydrant and a black boy. I believe societal injustices towards different ethnicity groups is the main theme of this poem. Smith's word choice throughout the poem gives away the message he is trying to put out. Smith uses word choice, outsiders perception of ethnic groups, and a strong shift in the middle of the poem to develop the theme.
Smith uses words like empty, prison, and mourning to create a pathos appeal towards the audience. The word choice shows how important the issue is and a great deal of suffering that a black boy experiences. While using the pathos appeal, he compares the fire hydrant to the black boy by basically saying it is viewed useless until it is empty or dead in terms of the black boy. Smith uses his words to create imagery in the reader's mind about the social destruction a black boy deals with on a daily basis. Smith says at the end, " but when they open us... spilling until there's nothing left inside... everyone stands around to watch." clarifies the theme being social injustices toward ethnic groups because he is saying that society does not pay attention to the destruction going on around them until someone is dead.
Smith uses outsiders perception in this poem by comparing the fire hydrant to the black boy. Smith says, "they say we both stay posted on corners... they say we both come with warnings...". This quote from the poem shows how the perception of a fire hydrant can relate to the perception of a black boy because of prejudice people. Black people or any ethnic group should not be talked about like they are an object. They should not be defined because of their differences and that is where injustice begins.
Smith makes a clear shift in the poem at line 13 because he starts off giving a positive image of kids playing with a fire hydrant and then makes a drastic shift into the deeper meaning of this poem. "Do you know what it means for your existence to be defined by someone else's intentions?" is the part in the poem where everything shifts. After that question, he makes it very clear that the life of a black boy is not easy. They cannot have a normal childhood because everyone around watches them like they are dangerous. They are watched like a fire hydrant is watched when it is about to burst and it is unfair because they are innocent people.
Overall, Smith creates a strong pathos appeal with his word choice about the social injustice that a person of color experiences even as a child. The injustice starts with the way outsiders perceive and treat a person of color. The shift that Smith makes in the poem creates the tone for the rest of the poem. It explains the suffering and destruction a black boy can go through. Smith's theme in this poem about social injustice is very strong and important because it still happens on a daily basis and needs to end because at the end of the day, we are all human and should be treated like humans.
My name is Kaitlyn Hollis.
I am 17 years old and I'm a senior at Spring Mills High School.
I have a dog that is a corgi and that means she has no tail.
I have an older sister.
I plan to go to Shepherd University and major in psychology.
I enjoy giving people advice when they ask me for help.
My favorite color is blue.
I love relaxing on the beach with my family and having fun in the ocean.
That is pretty much everything you need to know about me.