Sunday, October 30, 2005

Mirage Oases

First among places
susceptible to trespass
are mirage oases

whose graduated pools
and shaded grasses, palms
and speckled fishes give
before the lightest pressure
and are wrecked.

For they live
only in the kingdom
of suspended wishes,
thrive only at our pleasure
checked.
Kay Ryan

I first read this poem quickly and did not get the meaning. After reading it two more times, this is my interpretation of the poem. I think the poem is about the daydreams that everyone has. By trespassing on, "mirage oases," I think the author is talking about before people actually do wrong, they think about it first. For example, when people commit a crime, they plan it before they actually do it and that is the trespassing part.
I just read the poem again, and my first interpretation may be completely wrong. Perhaps the author of the poem is writing about a much more innocent subject. Maybe the trespassing she is referring to is simply going from a state of reality to an imaginary state. The crossing over would be the part of trespassing. When she writes, "thrive only at our pleasure checked," I think this means that we can imagine all we want and that the dreaming only stops when we want it to.

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