Analyze/Interpret the poem “Facing it”, Writing homework help

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.

Facing it 

                 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

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