Sunday, October 30, 2005

Coming to This

We have done what we wanted.
We have discarded dreams, preferring the heavy industry
of each other, and we have welcomed grief
and called ruin the impossible habit to break.

And now we are here.
The dinner is ready and we cannot eat.
The food sits in the white lake of its dish.
The wine waits.

Coming to this
has its rewards: nothing is promised, nothing is taken away.
We have no heart or saving grace,
no place to go, no reason to remain.
-mark strand

This poem has an underlying tone of bitterness and for some reason reminds me of a time in the Great Depression. The characters in the poem have to do their jobs and dispose of their dreams and even though in the poem it says prefer, I think it is forced. "We have welcomed grief," shows that times are hard for the people in the poem. The habit that is talked about in the poem seems like a state of going to work, coming home, eating dinner, and going to sleep. The habit is unbeatable, because there is nothing better and although their existence is not wonderful it is still an existence. "Coming to this has its rewards: nothing is promised, nothing is taken away," the couple in the poem seem melancholic with their state and are not about to do anything to get out of their situation, simply becuase they cannnot. After reading this poem I am left feeling sorry for whoever the poem is about.


Blogger Sevanna Isanians said...

I think that your interpretation of the poem is what i would have also thought it to be. It is a description of how outer powers at times make us all weak, helpless and all that most can do is wait for the problem to pass us by. It is almost a reminder that we are human and not everything can be controlled, that even to the most peaceful and wholly people can encounter tragedies.

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