Comment 8 of 18, added on February 27th, 2009 at 10:14 AM.
this is a very touching poem.
i love it!!! i give him props,
even though he's dead. it's so
sad what happened to his parents.
and i would't change it for anything.
this by far, is one of his BEST poems.
i can't even begin to say how much i like
this poem. yes it is about death and sadness,
but it is also about his feelings and he does an outstanding job in
showing, and not telling. Which touches
most of us. great job E.E. :)
caitlin from United States
Comment 7 of 18, added on February 11th, 2009 at 3:34 PM.
this poem is sad. it is really deepish in the sense of death. tho my
friends dont get the poem it is really good
kc from Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
Comment 6 of 18, added on May 4th, 2006 at 1:43 PM.
The poem was very dull the first time i read it, but when i took the time
and read it the second time the poem was very touching.
Gimpy from United States
Comment 5 of 18, added on May 4th, 2006 at 1:45 PM.
This poem is a bit hard to follow in the beginning but if you read it a
second time you will better understand it and realize that it is a great
work of poetry and is very deep.
Stumpy from Bolivia
Comment 4 of 18, added on March 21st, 2006 at 7:11 AM.
at first it didn't seem quite interesting. than the second time i read it i
was like WOW. its so beautiful. full of meaning. it really shows love.
Comment 3 of 18, added on December 16th, 2005 at 12:18 PM.
Stephanie Blondal from Canada
Comment 2 of 18, added on June 8th, 2005 at 1:32 PM.
New insight on top of my ealier stuff, we could actually view the poem as
the poet describing a scene where his father brought him to visit his
mother's graveyard, never leaving it untended and thus a heaven of black
red roses and not the fragile lily of the valleys which usually grow in
Kevin Kuan Boon Sen
Comment 1 of 18, added on November 29th, 2004 at 8:47 PM.
A beautiful poem based on impressions. Every line is open to different
interpretations as it is not punctuated and restricted as if it were an
open picture. It may help to just picture the poem as it is. Firstly why
does the poem start with IF. the heaven not being a pansy or fragile heaven
shows the poets wish that it will be full of substance and eternal. Black
Red roses may symbolize a love filled with substance and blood but also
carries the nuance of the mother mourning the father's death. the fact that
the father is like the roses of the mother's heaven just goes to show he is
the focal point of the mother's heaven. The definition of nothing is also
varied, it could refer to a nobody or plainly (with the face of a poet he
sees nothing), the face of a poet either refers to an appreciative artist
or a complicated brooder not like the simple flower following the sunshine
without having to see but feel, (not)a face with hands could either refer
to that (not seeing) a sobbing mother, a father (not) with his palm to the
face deep in consternation or fustration, or (not) a clock thus in the
mother's case referring to eternal beauty, in the father's case not
limiting the time for his wife to be with him. (with eyes) which whisper
this is my beloved my has a very simple explanation. the father's love for
the mother is so much that it actually pours forth from his eyes, the
window of the mind, his love is so great that words are no longer needed to
express his love even if it could. his eyes gently whispers "This is my
beloved, my..." unable to raise his wife any further in her perfect state
in his eyes he proceeds to give his ultimate gesture of respect, humbling
himself. He bows to the person who appreciates him. In the glory of the one
he loved and loved by he bows and in such all the other things worthy of
being in the mother's heaven follow suit the main object of the mother's
heaven. A truly touching masterpiece indeed of a child's love to his
Kevin Kuan Boon Sen
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