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here, you would have lived a miserable life. The third and final group deals with how she has learned from this situation and how she promises to improve her ways. There are symbols and personification within this last group in which I will be discussing later on in my paper. ?If i am ever less than a mountain for you definite bothers and sisters let the rivers pour over my head let the sea take me for a spiller of seas? (15-19) The poet is making a promise to her unborn child that if she does not treat her living children right (the unborn child?s brothers and sisters), then she wants punishment. ?let black men call me stranger always,? (19-20) means that she wants to stay far away from men. She wants nothing to do with men because that is how this tragic incident happened.

Lucille Clifton uses the term ?black men,? because she for one is black and she wants everyone who reads her poem to know that she is black. ?for you never named sake,? represents the unborn child. The poet is saying this because she has changed her lifestyle for her unborn child. The imagery used within this poem deals with the strengths of the waters as well as the coldness of winter. ?What did I know about waters rushing back, what did i know about drowning or being drowned,? represents the sense of feeling. One could almost feel the power of rushing waters controlling them also feeling the struggle for grasping of air. I can imagine the feeling of discomfort every time I read this line. This also can represent the visual imagery from the poet?s perspective. As mentioned

earlier, since she had witnessed this traumatic experience, she constantly sees visual image in her mind of her baby being drowned. ?To watch you slip like ice into strangers? hands you would have fallen naked as snow into winter,? (11-12) is an example of the sense of sight and display the dark colors and feeling of the cold, bleak weather. This can also be represented by the sense of feeling of the frosty cold temperature. When the poet point outs ?winter,? ?fallen naked,? ?disconnected gas,? and ?slip like ice,? I can almost feel the cold numbing my body, especially if I had ?fallen naked.? Figurative language is used quite commonly in the last group of the poem. In, ?If i am ever less than a mountain for you definite brothers and sisters,? (15-16) mountain represents a symbol

of being strong or supportive. So in other words, she is making a promise to her unborn child that she will be strong and supportive her other children that are living. If she not or ?less than a mountain,? (15) then she says, ?Let the rivers pour over my head? (17) and ?Let the sea take me for a spiller of seas.? (18) I found this to be ironic because she wants the sea to hate her but the sea is nonliving and does not have any feelings. So I came to a conclusion that this line had to be personification in that she wants the sea to punish and dislike her for not promising what she had promised her unborn child. This poem was written in free verse so there were really no existing musical devices, meter, and pattern. However, I did discover that there were big gaps within this poem

and no periods or commas. I believe that these gaps were a contribution to the rhythm. It seems that the poet decide to put these big gaps within this poem so that the reader would pause and think about what has just been read. I found it to be interesting and a clever way to express the emphasis of the pause. I chose this poem because it deals with the issues of abortion, which is still a great controversy today. I found it to be a gruesome example of how one deals with the guilt and regret. It seems to me that in the end of this poem, even though the poet is making promises to her unborn child, she still will never forget and forgive herself for what she had done.