“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

So What Does It Mean: "The Sun's One Good Eye" by Ruth Forman

The Sun's One Good Eye" By Ruth Forman

the sun’s one good eye
is on/you/rise up n shine
like you sposed to


At first I thought this poem was about sunny days and how people are supposed to get up and appreciate the beauty of nature.  It irritated me because some days the shades around here are intentionally pulled down.   Then I said to myself "Wait a minute, I've got to try to question and examine this poem if I want to understand what it means."

As usual if you have something to add to this blog post please do.  Help me.

I looked at the title.  What is the sun's good eye?  In Egyptian mythology the sun god Ra represented life, energy, and creativity.  At different times and places Ra was also known as the deity Horus and it was (and still is) symbolized by a protective eye that watched over Egyptian Pharaohs.  Actually Egyptian religion is much more complicated than this, but I needed to put the explanation in its simplest form so I could understand it. Read about Ra  the Sun God.  So the sun's good eye is shining on the reader in order to stimulate growth, inspire imagination and resourcefulness.

The forward slash / after on, and before and after you (the reader), focuses the narrator's desire that readers lean ahead while radiantly growing upward and onward.

When the narrator uses sposed instead of supposed it sounds like the language or vernacular black people use with one other.  It is non-standard English.  Therefore the narrator of the poem is speaking to a reader with whom he or she feels very comfortable.  Someone who is seen clearly.

Now I like what this little poem is saying.  It is amazing what can be said with just a few of the right words.