This essay should analyze/interpret the poem “Facing it”. Identify a specific theme or aspect of the poem that interests you and compose a thesis about it. Your paper should explain and develop your thesis using evidence from the poem.
Yusef Komunyakaa, 1947
My black face fades,_x000D_ hiding inside the black granite._x000D_ I said I wouldn’t,_x000D_ dammit: No tears. _x000D_ I’m stone. I’m flesh._x000D_ My clouded reflection eyes me_x000D_ like a bird of prey, the profile of night_x000D_ slanted against morning. I turn_x000D_ this way--the stone lets me go._x000D_ I turn that way--I’m inside_x000D_ the Vietnam Veterans Memorial_x000D_ again, depending on the light_x000D_ to make a difference._x000D_ I go down the 58,022 names,_x000D_ half-expecting to find_x000D_ my own in letters like smoke._x000D_ I touch the name Andrew Johnson;_x000D_ I see the booby trap’s white flash._x000D_ Names shimmer on a woman’s blouse_x000D_ but when she walks away_x000D_ the names stay on the wall._x000D_ Brushstrokes flash, a red bird’s _x000D_ wings cutting across my stare._x000D_ The sky. A plane in the sky._x000D_ A white vet’s image floats_x000D_ closer to me, then his pale eyes_x000D_ look through mine. I’m a window._x000D_ He’s lost his right arm_x000D_ inside the stone. In the black mirror_x000D_ a woman’s trying to erase names:_x000D_ No, she’s brushing a boy’s hair.
Length: 500 words minimum
6 Paragraph better