Hello everyone! Today’s post is another poem I wrote, entitled, ‘Ray’. It is a poem whose central theme is optimism. Optimism is expressed in the poem at various levels, some evidencing its existence by their inevitability. I will analyse the poem briefly after posting it, but it is open to interpretation and I hope to hear your views and thoughts!
Speckled with dust, the ray shone through,
Vision was bleak; smog merged with fog.
The white, the grey, shrouded the gold,
Yellow kissed the mutinous grey,
Dust fought, empowering the hue.
The day, seemingly night, once again was day,
Butter like light, sharpened to a knife,
Butter fit to cut, the ice?
Transformation yielded by, worthy strife,
As it fell-collapsed and broke,
Butter marked her own on grey.
Vision was clear; light had bespoke.
This poem explores the theme of optimism at various levels. Through the event of daybreak, optimism is expressed since the former is inevitable. Regardless of how cruel the grey smog is, or how cold, the single ray of golden sunlight will reign over the day. The dust in the ray is symbolic of the imperfections within man. However, it is these imperfections, which comprise his holistic being. Optimism is expressed once again, at a more complex level, for it indicates the process of accepting oneself, and using every fibre in the pursuit of happiness. This will eventually lead to the downfall of darkness, and the reign of day. The light, being golden, is analogous to the colour of butter, which is suggestive of timidity. This butter, in the form of a ray, cuts through the cold grey, almost as though it resembles the blade of a knife. In the third stanza, therefore, the timid butter has sharpened itself to a knife and has thus gained the ability to cut through ice, instead of the reversed process. This renders strife useful. Finally, as the smog is shattered, positivity marks the previously negative territory as her own. Vision is cleared, for light has spoken against darkness, indicative of pessimism.
Furthermore, optimism is reinforced throughout the poem, when the witness of the revolutionary ray of light, heralding daybreak, smiles at the end of each stanza. She knows of the inevitability of daybreak, and smiles at the progress it continues to make. Therefore, this indicates that optimism lies in the heart of every individual, and it is his choice whether he smiles, or merely witnesses the events around him.
That was the brief analysis of the poem, ‘Ray’. I hope you enjoyed the poem, and that it has sparked, or strengthened your sense of optimism. Please do leave your comments, and have a wonderful week!
See you soon,