In this article, we will take a look at the true meaning of “Deer Hit” by Jon Loomis. We will first look at a synopsis of the poem, analyze it, then look at some of its figurative meanings.
The author tells the reader to remember a time when they were seventeen and drunk, driving home in their father’s station wagon at 3:00 AM on a two-lane curvy road in the middle of nowhere. A deer jumps out, you don’t see it. You try to steer clear but still manage to hit the deer as you wind up in the ditch with a busted up car. The deer, however, is still alive, barely. You pick up the deer and put it in the backseat and drive home. Midway through the drive, the deer wakes up and bites you but soon passes out. Once you get home, your dad freaks out, gets a concrete brick, and kills the deer. The poem ends by mentioning how all your life you leave a trail a ruin even though you try to fix the problem you created.
In this article, we are going to take a look at the poem “Snow” by David Berman and analyze the literal and figurative meanings it conveys. “Snow” first appeared in Actual Air by David Berman in 1999 and was considered an instant classic. The poem was then published by Billy Collins published in his A Poem a Day for American High Schools.
“Snow” follows two brothers who are outside in winter. The two brothers are walking through a field and see snow angels. The younger brother asks who made the snow angels. The older brother tells him that it was a troop of angels who had been shot and dissolved. The younger brother continues to ask questions about who shot them and why. The older brother says a farmer shot them for trespassing. The narrator then finishes by saying the outdoors is like a room.
He sees his shadow–(Continue reading…)
“The Life of a Christmas Tree” by Gary R. Hess was first published in X-Mas in Shorts: Poetry for Christmas Cheer (Bright Dreams Journal Book 8).
This contemporary poem follows the life of a Christmas tree as it waits to be cut and brought into someone’s home to share the beautiful holidays with its new family.
by Gary R. Hess
Beaten but not defeated
the Chiefs march on.
Under center, Smith’s war cry
rattles the aggressive line.
He demands the ball.
Armor crashes and echoes
throughout the land.
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“Dawn” is a short love poem about how hope still exists despite the terrible past relationships and problems which have occurred in the author’s life. This is an upbeat and positive motivational poem where the author states that his life is still beginning (“impending noon”) and that dawn is fading away and the day will be bright (the past is getting farther away and the future will be bright). Too many times do people give up after lost love but not this time!
This four-line poem is written in iambic tetrameter (four feet of unstressed beats followed by a stressed beats), except for the first line which uses trochee (stressed beats followed by unstressed beats), and uses end-rhyme and near-rhyme to end each line (gone/on and own/noon).(Continue reading…)
ODE TO THE GIRAFFE
by Gary R. Hess
Your bottle neck stretches to the heavens
for all to see and be seen.
With the trees and by the trees
your body grew towards the sky and makes believe
the world is its paradise.
Your wobbly pencil sticks give you enough power
to take on the most ferocious beasts
but yet still enough height to lift away from fears.