Limbo poem

And limbo stick is the silence in front of me

limbo

limbo

limbo like me

limbo

limbo like me

long dark night is the silence in front of me

limbo

limbo like me

stick hit sound

and the ship like it ready

stick hit sound

and the dark still steady

limbo

limbo like me

long dark deck and the water surrounding me

long dark deck and the silence is over me

limbo

limbo like me

stick is the whip

and the dark deck is slavery

stick is the whip

and the dark deck is slavery

limbo

limbo like me

drum stick knock

and the darkness is over me

knees spread wide

and the water is hiding

limbo

limbo like me

knees spread wide

and the dark ground is under me

down

down

down

and the drummer is calling me

limbo

limbo like me

sun coming up

and the drummers are praising me

out of the dark

and the dumb god are raising me

up

up

up

and the music is saving me

hot

slow

step

on the burning ground.

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Comparing and contrasting Limbo with Nothing’s changed

I will be comparing and contrasting Limbo with Nothing’s Changed. I will be describing how both poems explain the blacks and those being slaves to the whites even though they are in their own country.

Limbo is about a slave ship taking them to the Caribbean to be slaves to the whites. I know this because it says “the ship like it ready”. This means that the voyage has started for them to the Caribbean. The effect on the reader could be sad because they are taking from their home and family to be forced slave in another country for the whites.

However in Nothing’s Changed it’s about a black man returning home to find his ‘home’ is now a wasteland, and in the poem it shows his anger towards the whites, because they have taken over and while they live in high standards they are not. I know this because it says “mean mouth”. This shows that he wants to say stuff, but he knows he just can’t. The effect on the reader could be anger, because they get treated like slaves in their own country.

Both poems are similar, because both poems explain the way black people are treated. In Limbo, they are forced to move to be slaves and the poem is based on the journey in the slave ship. I know this because it says in Limbo “Long dark deck and the water surrounding me”. This shows that their journey is uncomfortable and they are surrounded by water which means they are in the lowest deck of the ship just about half way of the journey.

Also in Nothing’s Changed the black people are treated bad as the whites are racist to the blacks. I know this because it says “whites only inn”. This shows how racist they can be by putting up signs in most places to know they are not wanted usually to the luxury places. The effect on the reader could be thinking as even though Nelson Mandela took over the country, “Nothing’s changed”.

Both poems are also different, for example in Limbo they get whipped by the whites. I know this because it says “stick hit sound” stick meaning the whip. This shows that they were whipped on the journey to the Caribbean. The effect on the reader could be disgusted as they whip them and make them suffer.

However in Nothing’s Changed the whites react by trashing their homeland. I know this because it says “cuffs, cans and crunch”. This shows that their homeland is now a wasteland. The effect on the reader could be shocked as they use their home as bins.

In conclusion, both poets have used two different methods to slave the blacks either by force enslaving them or trashing their homes and being racist.

COMPARING NOTHING’S CHANGED WITH TWO SCAVENGERS

I will be comparing two poems Nothing’s Changed with Two Scavengers. Both poems compare the rich and the poor. In Nothing’s Changed, the black man returns home to find it’s now a skip, however in Two Scavengers he works with bins and skips.

In Nothing’s Changed the poet (a black man) returns home to find that his home where he grew up was now a skip and the poet has expressed the anger of his feelings. I know this because it says "anger in my eyes". This shows that after seeing his homeland he is in anger. The effect on the reader could be feeling sorry for him because of his return ,and coming to see this as a skip.

However Two Scavengers describes a frozen moment in time in San Francisco and a rich couple pulls up behind them and the poet explains the difference between the two. I know this because it says "looking down into an elegant open Mercedes with an elegant couple in it”. This shows how the rich and the poor can come across each other from just a simple red light. The effect on the reader could be the democracy in the country of rich and poor.

Both poems are similar, in Nothing’s Changed the whites are rich and the blacks are poor. In his case he is the black and they get treated like dirt and the whites are racist to them. I know this because it says "no sign says it is but we know where we belong”. This shows how racist they can be; also this concludes that they live out of luxury.

Similarly, in Two Scavengers they are bin men who ironically ‘look down on’ the rich couple from a bright yellow garbage truck, as the bin men have been up since four am and returning home sooty, as the two rich couple are going to a meeting with their architect in sparkling hygiene. I know this because it says " in a three hip linen suit with shoulder-length blond hair & sunglasses". Whereas for the scavengers it says" two scavengers up since 4am grungy from their return". This shows that the two scavengers also live outside luxury. This could affect the reader deeply in a way of anger as two different lives are lived but both lives come across each other.

Both poems use alliteration, both describing the rich. Nothing’s Changed describes the rich in a bad way. I know this because it says "mean mouth". This shows his anger towards the rich and what he wants to do. However in Two Scavengers alliteration is used to say what the rich couple look like saying "cool couple". This suggests that the couple are cool in their open top car. The effect on the reader could be thinking on how they have described the rich from two different angels.

In conclusion both poems are similar as they come across the rich, and both show the difference between the rich and the poor and how they don’t belong, and live two different separate lives. And even though there isn’t a wall separating them, they know where they belong.

Comparing “Night of the scorpion” with “Vultures”

I am going to compare “night of the scorpion” with “vultures”. I will be analysing the scorpion with the vulture because the poet expresses how both do what they do to survive.

The poet shows how both do things instinctively. For example in “night of the scorpion” it says “they search for him; he was not found “. This show that when threatened he knows how to escape, to protect himself. Whereas in “vultures” it says “ate the things in its bowel” this shows that they eat to survive.

Both poems use language devices for example, in night of the scorpion reparation is used such as “more candles, more lanterns, more neighbours, more insects” this shows how the poet is expressing his anger towards them. Whereas in, Vultures alliteration is used, I know this because it says “caverns of a cruel” this also expresses the poet’s anger. Bothe poems are similar because they both use anger in the poem. This could affect the reader in an angry way as they both let go of their feelings on to the poem.

In nigh of the scorpion it shows how the mother cares for her children. I know this because it says “my mother only said thank god the scorpion picked on me and spared my children”, this shows that the mother cares for her child and, she would rather take the pain then it be them.

Vultures also as a caring point of view such as “at the wayside sweetshop and pick up a chocolate for his tendering offspring waiting at home for daddies return”. This shows that he is evil at work but a loving, caring father at home.

Both poets use imagery to describe the animals. I know this because it says in night of the scorpion “giant scorpion shadows on the mud baked walls”. This shows that the villager’s shadows reflect on the wall which gives a scorpion effect. Also imagery is used in vultures, for example it says “telescopic eyes” this shows that because vultures can see a long distance, the poet ha explained this by describing it like this “telescopic eyes”. The effect on the reader is to get what was intended seen threw the brain.

Vultures

In the greyness

and drizzle of one despondent

dawn unstirred by harbingers

of sunbreak a vulture

perching high on broken

bone of a dead tree

nestled close to his

mate his smooth

bashed-in head, a pebble

on a stem rooted in

a dump of gross

feathers, inclined affectionately

to hers. Yesterday they picked

the eyes of a swollen

corpse in a water-logged

trench and ate the things in its bowel. Full

gorged they chose their roost

keeping the hollowed remnant

in easy range of cold

telescopic eyes …

Strange

indeed how love in other

ways so particular

will pick a corner

in that charnel-house

tidy it and coil up there, perhaps

even fall asleep – her face

turned to the wall!

…Thus the Commandant at Belsen

Camp going home for

the day with fumes of

human roast clinging

rebelliously to his hairy

nostrils will stop

at the wayside sweet-shop

and pick up a chocolate

for his tender offspring

waiting at home for Daddy’s return …

Praise bounteous

providence if you will

that grants even an ogre

a tiny glow-worm

tenderness encapsulated

in icy caverns of a cruel

heart or else despair

for in every germ

of that kindred love is

lodged the perpetuity

of evil.

NIGHT OF THE SCORPION

I remember the night my mother

was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours

of steady rain had driven him

to crawl beneath a sack of rice.

Parting with his poison – flash

of diabolic tail in the dark room –

he risked the rain again.

The peasants came like swarms of flies

and buzzed the name of God a hundred times

to paralyse the Evil One.

With candles and with lanterns

throwing giant scorpion shadows

on the mud-baked walls

they searched for him: he was not found.

They clicked their tongues.

With every movement that the scorpion made

his poison moved in Mother’s blood, they said.

May he sit still, they said.

May the sins of your previous birth

be burned away tonight, they said.

May your suffering decrease

the misfortunes of your next birth, they said.

May the sum of all evil

balanced in this unreal world

against the sum of good

become diminished by your pain.

May the poison purify your flesh

of desire, and your spirit of ambition,

they said, and they sat around

on the floor with my mother in the centre,

the peace of understanding on each face.

More candles, more lanterns, more neighbours,

more insects, and the endless rain.

My mother twisted through and through,

groaning on a mat.

My father, sceptic, rationalist,

trying every curse and blessing,

powder, mixture, herb and hybrid.

He even poured a little paraffin

upon the bitten toe and put a match to it.

I watched the flame feeding on my mother.

I watched the holy man perform his rites

to tame the poison with an incantation.

After twenty hours

it lost its sting.

My mother only said

Thank God the scorpion picked on me

And spared my children.

Comparing “Nothings changed” with “Blessing”

I am going to compare “Nothings change” with “Blessing” because of the religion the poet has described and the way they have described their feelings.

In “Nothing’s changed” it is about a man that has returned to his country called district 6 in Cape Town. He describes his feelings coming back for example he says “Cuff cans” and “Seeded grass.” This shows that the place where he once lived is now a wasteland, he also says “Anger of my eyes” which shows how angry he is going back. Contrasting with this could be the happiness in “Blessing” when a pipe bursts. But both poems are uncommon as both describe poverty.

Both poems use language devices such as; in “Nothing’s changed” they use alliteration. I know this because it says “Cuffs, cans” and “crunch” this shows all the rubbish he is standing on when he comes back and sees his home is a skip with cans, wrappers and general rubbish. This could affect the reader strongly as it explains how he returns home to find it’s now a wasteland.

However, “Blessing uses Metaphors. I can prove this because it says “liquid sun” this shows that the water is shinning and it’s like life to them after the pipe bursts. This shows how precious water is to them it is like silver to them, this is proven when it also says “Silver crashes” and this shows that water is more precious than silver to them. The effect on the reader is happy as it shows how happy they are when a pipe bursts in the dry village of India.

In “Nothing’s changed” it shows the anger of him because the whites are racist and are showing off to them and even doe Nelson Mandela is in charge the whites are still treating the black’s terrible, Where as in “Blessing” they are very thrilled when a pipe bursts in India because they live in a deserted place of India.

In “Nothing’s changed” I know there angry because it says” Whites only inn, no sign say it is but we know where we belong”. This shows although there isn’t a law to keep the black’s from the whites but because they are rich and the black’s are poor they live separate lives.

However in “Blessing” it shows there happy and it proves this because it says “Sudden rush of fortune “ this shows that it’s a sudden rush of fortune” this shows that it’s a sudden rush when the pipe bursts, this could affect the reader happily, as it shows the joy of the pipe bursting. As fortune describes the “sudden rush of fortune” it’s like a fruit machine as all your fortune is running lose.

Both poets explain how they live a hard life. I know this because it says in “Nothing’s changed” it says” Skin about my bones and soft labouring of my lungs“ this shows that he had a hard life in the past and he aches from it.

Likewise, in “Blessing” it says “There never is enough water” this shows that they had a hard life and lived mostly without water. The effect on the reader could be sadness for both poems because they have ached and lived with hardly any water.