BY ELIZABETH BISHOP
Some of you, and I think this will be particularly girls, will recognize this poem.
Even more will recognize it when I say where they know it from.
When I was about 9 or 10 years old I got the DVD from the movie ‘In Her Shoes’. The movie is about two sisters who lost their mother when they were young. For the ones who have seen the movie, this is the poem that Maddie reads together with the old man.
Back then I wasn’t really thinking about the meaning of the poem because, well, I was 10 years old.
But recently I was thinking about this poem again when, ironically enough, lost my keys. I tend to do this quite often, and not only with my keys. I have this problem with everything that can fit in my pocket. Well, maybe with some other objects to.
By thinking about this poem I realised that it sucks to lose keys, but not a total disaster, which is how I reacted almost everytime I lost them. I think it is also better for my health and stresslevel that I don’t freak out everytime I lose something.
However, I think the deeper meaning of this poem is about losing people. That it should not be difficult to lose somebody while everybody knows that it is extremely hard to lose a person you love. It first looks like it’s a disaster but after all it is not.
I am not very good at analysing but this was what I took out of it.
I hope you like or appreciate this poem as much as I do!