At dawn they returned home their soaky clothes torn and approached the stove their limbs marked by scratches their legs full of wounds but on their brows there was not a sign of despair. The whole day and night just passed they had to brave the horrendous flood in the water all the time between bloated carcasses and tiny chips of tree barks desperately looking for their son’s albino buffalo that was never found.
They were born amidst hardship and grew up without a sigh or a complaint now they are in the kitchen, making jokes while rolling their ciggarete leaves.
In this poem, the poet tells of the situation of a farmer and his family. They come back at dawn after being out in the floodwater for a day and night. They are looking for their albino buffalo. They come back wet and hurt but they do not show any despair. They have been born into a life of hardship and have never complained. Now, they are in the kitchen and they joke and talk while preparing to relax with a smoke.
SYNOPSIS (ACCORDING TO STANZA)
They returned home at dawn and headed for the stove. Their clothes were soaking wet and tattered. Their bodies were covered with scratches and wounds. Yet, they did not display any signs of being worried.
They were out in the flood the whole day and night. They were surrounded by dead animals and parts of trees that had been destroyed by the flood. They searched desperately for their son’s albino buffalo but were unable to find it.
They were born into poverty and difficulty, but they do not complain about their suffer. Instead, they sit in the kitchen, cracking jokes while smoking cigarettes.
The setting of the poem is in the house.
Stoicism in life
Acceptance of way of life
We should learn to accept problems in life with a positive outlook. We must attempt to face and solve problems.
Failure is part of growing up.
Do not despair in the face of failure.
TONE, MOOD, ATMOSPHERE
Understanding and sympathetic
Acceptance of situation
POINT OF VIEW
Third person pint of view.
LANGUAGE & STYLE
Language is simple and easy to understand.
The style is simple with no rhyming scheme.
Imagery – Gives picture of poet’s thoughts e.g ‘soaky clothes torn’ and ‘legs full of wounds’ Alliteration – e.g. ‘but on their brows’
Symbols – e.g. ‘horrendous flood’ and ‘bloating carcasses’ Diction – e.g. ‘stove’ and ‘brows‘