Remembrance Poetry: “Without You” by Gary R. Hess

Anna Mae Works-Weilert

“Without You” is a poem that was written the day I heard of Gary R. Hess’ grandmother’s death. The author describes the poem as follows, “It definitely isn’t the best poem I have ever written, but it encapsulates my mind on that day. It says exactly what I felt and what I still feel now. My grandmother was a wonderful woman, although she did have her faults.”

RIP
Anna Mae Weilert-Works
September 11, 1919 – July 12, 2017(Continue reading…)

“Touch” by Octavio Paz Analysis and Poem

TouchThe poem “Touch” is one of Octavio Paz’s most famous writings. In this article, we will take a look at a synopsis of “Touch” and analyze it. Then, we will take a look at some of its figurative language to have a better idea what the poem means.

Synopsis

In the poem “Touch” by Octavio Paz, the speaker states that his hands open the reader’s person dresses the person in more nudity, and uncovers more bodies under the person’s body. His hands then invent a whole new body for the reader’s body.

Analysis

As always, there are several ways to interpret this poem. However, I am of the belief the author was using “hands” as a figurative word for his words. It is quite possible that the two wrote letters to one another. Using this line of thinking, the author uses his mind, his conscious, his friendship, his love as a way to get to know the other person. The “curtain” then becomes something that is hiding the sunshine of the person’s soul. Inside is the true person. He now sees what is the real emotion, the real personality, the real person.(Continue reading…)

“I Never Saw a Moor” by Emily Dickinson Analysis and Poem

Sketch of a Moor

In this article, we will take a look at the literal meaning of “I Never Saw a Moor” written by Emily Dickinson and then discuss the figurative, metaphorical language used in the writing. You can also read the poem at the bottom of the page.

Synopsis

The first stanza of “I Never Saw a Moor” states the speaker hasn’t traveled often but still has an idea of what the places look like.

She hasn’t seen a moor nor the sea but she knows what a heather looks like and she understands what a wave is.

The second stanza says she didn’t talk with God and hasn’t been to heaven but she knows where heaven is and how to get there.(Continue reading…)

Nature Poetry: “Tree” by Gary R. Hess – A Personification

Sometimes we see the Earth alive and moving. We see it breathing, swaying, walking, running, and even talking to us. “Tree” was one of those times for Gary R. Hess. What the beautiful nature has and what it does for us is remarkable. It is irresistible to write down on paper for the world to read and feel. The author states, “I hope you enjoyed reading this nature poem with its personification as much as I did writing it.”(Continue reading…)

Life Poetry: “Teenage Life” by Gary R. Hess

This iambic poem is a reminiscence of the author’s own life but one that almost every young adult has experienced. We have all experienced heartbreaks–some more than others. However, these heartbreaks are especially plentiful in our teenage and 20-something years. We have all dreamed to experience great things in life, but oh so few of us have succeeded. We plan for the big things. We all believe we will live in a giant house, have a loving family, travel the world, and see all that this great world has to offer. Few do. Few can. But all feel the pain of failure.(Continue reading…)

The Eclipse – A Haiku by Gary R. Hess

“The Eclipse” is a poem to memorialize the total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21, 2017, across the United States. Sadly, I wasn’t able to view it as I’m half-way across the world. Nonetheless, it brought back great memories of when I was a child attempted to view an eclipse during elementary school. It was a great time and I look forward to being able to view the next one.(Continue reading…)

Political Poetry: “Cruelty of Life” by Gary R. Hess

“Cruelty of Life” is a spoken poem about politics akin to slam poetry. It is an inner monologue about all of the cruelties in this world and what the world has done to us and to our fellow man. We look around and see nothing but hate. We see the struggles, we see the pain. We see that there is so much that goes wrong in our lives and in other’s lives that there can’t possibly be a future. But there is. And that does give us some hope.(Continue reading…)

Political Poetry: “On Healthcare” by Gary R. Hess

This political poem was written due to the forthcoming inept healthcare reform bill going through Congress. The American people need better and deserve better. I’m a huge proponent of single payer (a big thumbs up to California!). The richest country on earth deserves single payer and the citizens deserve to live a long, prosperous life without being tied down to medical debt.(Continue reading…)