In the first two stanzas the window compares the same action with totally different results. The window implies that when someone or something breaks someone else, or in this case the black boy; the result of that was inevitable. Something that was supposed to happen as the window implies, they blame it on the victim,"they call it a wednesday." this quote is in the third line of the second stanza, when the window said this the first thing that came to my head was that everybody thinks it is the usual, the norm, when things like that happen. when he used a day of the week it let me know that people what people think of the situation is nothing more than it being just another day in the week. As from what I can tell the window has a lot of insight for the boy. It could make the boy mature faster, it could scare him about the harsh reality or simply provide a warning for him to get ready for what might come next.
"...that the more shards there are the more ways there are to refract this light that envelopes us each day." This line stood out to me the most--a plethora of meanings and ideas to try and comprehend the depth of this line came to me. It came to me so sudden and fast like the violent waves crashing up against a rocky shore. I would say that the most important thing i was able to take from those words can be simplified into a few words: persona, hurt, vulnerability. someone that is hurting, drowning in their own shadows, asking for help but not clearly; they put a persona to push people away. Well not necessarily to push people away but to keep them from letting them. when the windows talks about the shards of light refracting light it can be seen as the person that is hurting reflecting the emotions you give them to make an illusion of them being alright.
Lets back track for a little. What can you see when looking at a window. You are able to see the branding of a little baby's fingerprints as a result of a little touching experiment. also the locked away knowledge the window posses that you may not know. Now to a more not so deep visualization of the window, a window is transparent but also reflective.
In the movie "Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee," Pi the main character mentioned this. He talked about how Richard(the tiger), how his mesmerizing eyes only reflect the emotions of the prey that stares into them. If we apply this to Clint Smith's poem, couldn't we say that the conversation between the window and the boy never happened? That the window was only reflecting all the knowledge and insight about life? That the valuable information he is being taught by the window is the same info that has been passed down through many generations? The biggest question is how is the window any different from us?
1. Yo soy de Puerto Rico
2. I am fluent in Spanish, born in PR
3. I love sports
4. I also love puertorican food
7. Music is necessary
8. Watch a lot of football highlights and the Voice on Youtube
9. Miss playing the drums
10. Strive to own a Marines' ceremonial uniform