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Vidal’s Literary Lens: “Process of Loss; Grandma”

Karyne Farrell poem, “Process of Loss; Grandma”, gives rhythmic timeline of the death of an elder. It marks the end of their life in the hospital and constant conversations with their doctors. The mood is somber, her lines are short, and filled with ebonics. You feel the emotions of a granddaughter with her grandmother in her last days.

Nov. 20

The granddaughter fears her grandmother’s death. She cries knowing that the person that was always with her and kept her calm will be gone soon. Her grandmother taught her many things about family and religion, which is the base of most people’s lives.

Nov. 25

Grandma continues to be in pain as she is the hospital bed. The doctor has came and told the granddaughter’s mother the news. The granddaughter begins to plead with God to not take her grandmother. She gives a normal response watching your love one die in the hospital. Maybe a miracle can come about that would support their prayers.

Nov. 29

The grandmother dies and she is grieving. She knows that she is with God, and accept that her grandmother is eternally happy. Nevertheless, she grieves the time and love that the grandmother won’t be able to give her or her future children. She alludes her grandmother as an angel that continues to keep watch, and that keeps her peaceful knowing she’s at peace in heaven.

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Vidal’s Literary Lens: “The Missing Recipe for the Family”

Ndaba Sibanda poem, “The Missing Recipe for the Family”, gives a create point of view of a successful father, but his children is deterrent and distant. The father, Mr. Mhlobo, is a great business strategist and manager. He was able to make an optimal team in short notice, and made them all a great addition. His philosophy, “our collective dynamism comes from our individual differences”.

The mood changes as we follow Mr. Mhlobo to his home life. His adolescent children seemed as if they were lost. They didn’t feel their parents were supportive. Mr. Mhlobo questions his parenting. They have been drinking and misbehaving at school. He couldn’t figure out the people that lived with him. There are several encounters where he tries to talk to them, but it becomes confrontational. It becomes a spiral of arguments and cool downs without any progress.

This happens often for households, and it will be important to stop and listen to your children. The critical difference in the structure of Mr. Mhlobo job and home is that employees are inclined to do what you want because of wages. It would be wasteful for Mr. Mhlobo to use a strategy similar to his job. His circumstances and motivations captures the adult struggling with their teenager.

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Vidal’s Literary Lens: “First Fruit”

Banqoboile Virginia Dakamela poem, “First Fruit”, creatively explains the youth of a woman’s first child. The mother mobilizes the child before he is born. He moves around her, symbolizing a boy rambunctious nature. It was an exciting and successful birth. The incredible feat by a woman completely shadows her struggle and embarrassment to complete the birth. She jokes about herself, but it’s for a bigger purpose.

Her womanhood confronts the addition of motherhood, but she continues to be confident. As her son grows, she cherish the moments when he has new experiences, whether they are enlightening or grimacing. This is an important moment in a child’s life. They are experiencing life by looking at their parents and the small societal organizations and institutions.

Her son has grown into a teenager. She implies he has a girlfriend and a unique hairstyle- she doesn’t like either. He changes his goals as he grows and experiences new things. She ends with the name her son calls her. The young child who had his first day of school and experienced church that once called her “mommy” is no more. The teenager that has a girlfriend and molds his own future now calls her “mama”. 

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Vidal’s Literary Lens: “Sex before Friends”

Tray Vidal poem, “Sex before Friends”, opens in a Starbucks with a girl named ‘Bianca’ that the unnamed main character has never met in person, but he hears about her. She has a giving personality, and she is a morning person. After seeing her for the second time downtown at night, he decides to talk her. It was a public place, so it wasn’t so awkward. Nevertheless, he wanted to have sex with her, and that’s what happened. They decide to meet the next day, so they can get to know one another. Their vulnerability from sex made Bianca able to talk deeply about herself.

Conflict ensues as their values and opinions are discussed. He wants her to be accountable for the actions she told him about. She says that he’s being misogynist for his judgement. He speaks to his lover, Bianca, about what he wants from her before he can love. He recognizes their differences, disabling the lust for each other that they had the night before. Their departure from each other was imminent and logical. There was no history or ties to their lust. No love was presented other than physical pleasure. Their needs were met, and sex was the catalyst for their one interaction. He ends with questioning Bianca on why she keeps doing what she’s doing after their one night stand. This proves that their first squabble wasn’t the end, and that he becomes bothered by her attempts for his love.

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Vidal’s Literary Lens: “Climax”

In Sehloho Piet Rampai poem, “Climax”, the heart is the center of love, and the climax is the zenith. It’s almost as if no other organ can make the lovers feel that way. Love isn’t forever in this world, and the climax will only be here when our world is here. Rampai transitions to the sun no longer shining and the moon changing to a red hue. Love shows no end until the world folds first.

Rampai shrinks the world to roses and lilies dying, and it gives the poem a softer tone. He calls for the lovers to cling to each other before the beauty of their world end. The climax becomes about the love for your lover, and that love strikes peace in a fading world.

There’s a switch to a more human perspective towards the end. Alluding to not the ending life of the singer and poet, but the end of their passion. Nevertheless, they still should hold on to their climax. Their climax becomes more personal, and it leads the reader to speculation.

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