Friday, October 16, 2009
Boy in a Rice Paddy, Head Shot
My intial reaction to this poem was, "Wow." This piece of literature is filled to the brim with beautiful symbolism and structure. You feel as though you really can connect with what the writer wants you to. My favorite line, "and a smile on the sniper's lip," really got me connected and allowed me to see that we take so much for granted in out lives. Sometimes we never even glance at the simple pleasures when that is all we need to see the light in dark situations. "Like a frantic mother." With this I was able to connect and see the fear and tragety of war. Sometimes I begin to wonder how any one person could survive the horrors and psychological traumas that these soldiers do. I mean dealing with the death of anyone is hard, but what is it like for them to see death constantly? To look it directly in the eyes every time they step onto that fighting plane. This was exellent illustration of both of the physical and psychological hardships of war.