Inspirational Thinker Of The Moons

Inspirational thinker of the moons
gazer of skies and heavens
lover of the immense in
the immense lost but in thought
thinker of the bird's eye's view
and thence
thinker of the God-like view
presenter of the Dawn
on a loud-hailer cast on stranded
beaches
while the Dawn rustles in
rustles in with waves fired
by Father Ocean.
The first bird sings.
A lone lark in the skies
sings and then stops.
A snake from high crags drops.
And it is morning.

by Emmanuel George Cefai

Comments (9)

With all the rhetoric surrounding women’s rights these days, I’ve been thinking about this poem a lot. My sister was in college when I was asked, in 5th grade, to analyze a poem for the first time. To me, Aunt Jennifer has always been the woman who couldn’t escape the husband she was afraid of, even in death. She made the tiger panels to remind her niece of her plight, and encourage her to avoid a similar fate. In other words, I think the message of the poem is a combination of “be careful who you marry” and “learn from the mistakes of previous generations of women”. Hear me roar!
Aunt Jennifer's life is clearly an unfavourable one: the ring sits heavily upon her hand, suggesting that her marriage isn't happy. In the last stanza, the poem says that 'When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie / Still ringed with ordeals that she was mastered by' (lines 9 and 10) . I also think that the word 'lie' is suggestive of more than one interpretation. The hands will lay on her chest, clasped together, and they will appear fine. But, in this respect, they are also lying to pretend that everything is alright. The fact that her hands are ringed with these ordeals-not plagued or suffered, but 'ring'ed-also suggests that her marriage is an unhappy one. She's living in an androcentric world; men are the center of attention and the important decision makers. As for the tigers that she knits into her panel, I believe they represent power, might, and freedom. From her feminine perspective-a perspective that is undoubtedly kept within her soul because of her oppression-they represent a future that she wishes for; one that is filled with 'sleek chivalric certainty' (line 4) and one where she can 'pranc[e], proud and unafraid' (line 12) . To answer your question, no, they are not live tigers.
I remember reading this poem in school and how everyone just assumed the weight of her husband's ring was because of something negative regarding her husband. It occured to me since Ms Rich comes from a Jewish heritage, perhaps Aunt Jennifer may be Jewish. I recalled a movie i saw once about Nazi Germany and how this young man's job was to deliver a wooden box. Everytime he did as he left he heard the screams of the women come out their house. He got curious and opened a box and inside was ash and a wedding ring. I thought perhaps the weight of her husband's ring could be due to grief
This poem is almost beyond poetry. Any analysis is foolish.
Aunt Jennifer is laik r8 banging yo's
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