Singapore is a poem about how a cleaning woman in an airport can be compared to nature. She is disturbed by this woman at first, "Disgust argued in my stomach and I felt, in my pocket, for my ticket"(7). She doesn't feel happy about what she is seeing. Actually she does what most of us do, she judges the woman first by her appearance, which was not a pleasant one. For example, referring to when she was feeling her pocket for her ticket. The way the word "felt" is separated from the rest of the phrase, could mean that she was going to say something about how she felt for the woman, but could not put into words. Instead, she wrote a beautiful poem about her. In a poem you are supposedly in a happy place and she wants to put that woman there, " a person wants to stand in a happy place, in a poem"(13). Mary puts herself in a happy place by writing the poem, and in her mind, the cleaning woman in her poem ...
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...e brainwashed into believing what you look like, describes who you are.
Even is she did not say so, the woman did disturb her. What would you do if you saw a bum coming toward you? Would you be one of those people who cross the street to avoid him/her? How about a suspicious looking stranger, would you grab your purse a little tighter or put your wallet in your inside pocket? We all have these thoughts run through our head at on point in time. We may think the world around us is beautiful at first look, but when you take off your "rose colored glasses", it's scary, cold and strange (not full of birds, trees and rivers).
Smith, Gary. "The Light That Can Shine Out of a Life" 14 Jan 2001
Burton-Christie, Douglas. "Nature, Spirit, and Imagination." Spring 96.
Cross Currents, Vol. 46 Issue 1, P.77 (EBSCOhost).
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