Facing It By Yusef Komunyakaa

578 Words3 Pages
“Facing It” by the American black poet Yusef Komunyakaa of Shreveport is written with the use of visual images. Yusef Komunyakaa writes about one of his many trips to the Vietnam's Veteran's Memorial in Washington DC. This Memorial is a long polished slab of black reflectant granite with the names of all the US soldiers who lost their lives in Vietnam. Yusef says “my black face fades, hiding inside the black granite”. Here Yusef uses his reflection in the wall to bring the reader back to the war and how he feels standing at the wall now. He makes his feeling ambiguous and give the reader the opportuntity to decide what he is feeling through his use of viual images. For example, one of these images can be interpretted in the section “My clouded reflection eyes me, like a bird of prey, the profile of night, slanted against the morning”. By saying this he lets the reader know that he is feeling so many things seeing his reflection among the names of the fallen. He sees his reflection through the granite and he thinks of himself in the wall looking back at him like a bird of prey. The Y...

More about Facing It By Yusef Komunyakaa

Open Document