Figures of Speech: Sunrise on the Veld

Irony- And he raised the gun, then he lowered it again. An irony is a phrase that seems to contradict itself. This phrase is an example of one because the reason the boy went out to the woods was to hunt and shoot, now he sees this dying buck and hesitates to shoot it. He knows that he could end it’s life right there but he still doesn’t. It is ironic that the boy goes out there too end something’ life but when given the chance, puts his gun down.


Personification- And the trees were showering a faint, silvery rain. Personification is when you give nonhuman objects human characteristics. As the boy walks through this tunnel, he’s experiencing trees give him a shower of crystals.


Metaphor- But by the time he had on his clothes his hands were numbed and he could scarcely hold his shoes. A comparison of two objects without using the words “like” or “as”. The comparison Lessing uses in this statement is the idea of the boy not wanting to wear his shoes and a sacrifice. It’s cold and the boy refuses to wear his shoes which resembles a sacrifice because there are risks yet he’s still doing it.


Paradox- And the exaltation and pride of mounted in him till he was shutting his teeth hard against a violent desire to shout his triumph. A contradicting statement that when explained may prove to be true. This statements is an example of a paradox because the boy even though he wants to shout out his power, he went to hunt and shouting would only ruin that opportunity. He wants control yet to stay in control he has to remain silent. It makes you ask yourself, is he really in control and contain all the power?


Juxtaposition- But also grimly satisfied with his stoicism. A juxtaposition is when two words close together are in contrasting effect. Grimly and satisfied, two words that contradict each other. Lessing’s use of these two words really shows the boy’s personality. The idea that you can be happy but in a mad way. The fact that there are many ants eating this buck alive and yet the boy is satisfied because he didn’t kill it. To be grimly satisfied is a way in which humans, even when mad have that little joy inside us.

Word Craft: Sunrise on the Veld

Vigilant- Remaining vigilant all night and counting the hours as he lay relaxed in sleep. To remain vigilant is to be very focused, always on guard. Lessing uses this word in a way that shows a big part of the boy’s energy. Although he is asleep the “dark part of his mind” is still awake, waiting for the moment to come. Everyone of us as a “darker part of the mind” that wants power, that wants to control over ourselves. The devil wants to control over God and is always vigilant to receive that power. The contrast between light and dark is everywhere including inside of our minds, a voice that wants us to “sleep” and a side that must stay awake and vigilant to prove that they are dominant. To remain vigilant in this story is to prove to ourselves that we all have a part of our mind wanting to it is better than the other side even though it is not successful all the time.   


Superfluity- He was clean crazy, yelling mad with the joy of living and superfluity of youth. Everyone of us experiences a superfluity of youth. It’s to be wild, joyful, enjoying this crazy thing called life. Doris Lessing shows us the importance of why we should all be as excited with life as much as the boy in the story. There’s a world out in front of us waiting to be explored, waiting for that joy inside of us all to come out. God gave us laughter, happiness, a little craziness for a reason and that reason is for the whole world to see. We all have that urge to go out and express this superfluity just like the boy, we all want control and we all want for the world to listen to us. Everyone on this planet has that superfluity of youth inside them.    


Tumult- He rushed down the vlei under a tumult of crimson and gold, while all the birds of the world sang around him. A violent, cruel, dome that thinks it’s superior over everyone and everything on the earth. In the story is contradicts the sentence before it: with the joy of living and a superfluity of youth because even though the boy is running freely and thinks that nothing can stop him, there is a sky above that represents violence as if were a trap. The idea that its is crimson and gold is only just a warning that the boy clearly doesn’t notice. We all are distracted by power that we don’t see the real power that hovers right above us.


Vaguely- There were small twitches from the mass that still looked vaguely like the shape of a small animal. Vague is a term used to describe something that isn’t very clear. The boy can still see that strong buck but only a little. When things may seem clear in life, there are always “ants” that get in our way and block that clarity. God has a plan for everyone and in the beginning it starts all clear but time passes by and the devil and sin comes in. This makes these plans vague which is exactly what happens to the boy. He had a clear shot but he waited and not soon after sin or the ants get in his way making his shot more vague.   


Foliage- He was walking swiftly through the dark tunnel of foliage that in day-time was a road.  The foliage are the leaves a tree or plant. Lessing’s use of this word describes the path that the boy takes from his safe, light home to the dangerous and dark woods. The walking from the known to the unknown. The tunnel that is either full and bright or it’s falling, crashing down because the time is up. You never know what to expect when walking through a foliage between light and darkness.


Ten Minute Spill #2

Time is limited

Sometimes it goes to fast:

Say grace with your family,

Stare at the northern star,

Do things you’ve never done

If you are patient then you’ll be rewarded

Translations: Idea to Image #2

A society in which greed surrounds

Rules are as common as water in a ocean

Obstacles are found in every corner

The only heroes are the government themselves

Days pass by with zero sense of living


One man, tired of all the deja vu

Takes a journey to who knows where

It is a risk, for he could get caught

Thrown in prison for as long as his heart beats

But it is a risk he is willing to take


On the hill no one dares to cross

The man stares at the grey, dead village

A village where he knows he’s not meant to stay

One thousand and one emotions run through his body

He’s ready to see a world beyond any dream


Green valleys, blue skies, a bright yellow sun

A place he’s never seen in his whole life

A place he never knew even existed in this world

Joy fills him like rain filling a puddle

It was a behind him, waiting for him


He hears the screaming and sorrow behind him

Knows hw must run as far away as possible

He must find a place where he can be free forever

Find a home, find love, find a life worth living

Now that he’s free, he has the whole world to explore


First Line Auction

The minutes tick by, not many left

A decision that I must make now

A decision that determines me

It’s now or never


Do I go left or right?

This way or that?

I cannot decide, it’s too hard to

If I just had a little more time


My heart is beating like never before

I can feel the intensity gaining on me

If I don’t make it now

I will never have another chance at life


I can be with my family and friends again,

Or I can be alone as usual

Alright, I’ve made my decision

I choose…to love

Five Easy Pieces

His strong yet gentle hands warm the people he cares for

They provide comfort as I cry in my room

Letting me know everything’s going to be alright


They wrap around me, not letting me go

Holding me tight against his heart

Wiping all my worries away


The Cook Islands are a lost, lonely child

A loneliness of what I am feeling

A small piece of land in a wide, open ocean


I look into his blue, soft eyes

Ask him a question I’ve been waiting to ask

“Would you take me to a place where loneliness surrounds?”


He smiles with a tear rolling down his face

“I will never let you go and you will never be alone,

I am always here beside you”

An Emotional Landscape

We’re all crammed in the back

I in the middle and brother and sister beside me

It’s a long journey

But it is worth the drive


We stop to take a break

We all pizza except Mom herself likes subs

Then we get right back on the road

Waste no time at all


Almost at our destination

We sing to the music to pass time

Play a game our dad taught us long time ago

Close our eyes and let time pass by


A tall, blue house catches our eyes

We know the people inside will be happy to see us

Right across the field is where we will be stopping

A faint smile runs across our faces


Down the rough, gravel driveway

A family of seven all lined up

We jump out of the vehicle

One of the happiest moments of all

Ten Minute Spill

She told herself to jump off a cliff

It pained her like a needle in her skin

Mother told her “No”

Don’t do before you think,

She stood on the edge of her death

Thought about the rest of her life

The sweet taste of a big, juicy strawberry

Laying on the grass making pictures in the clouds

The whir of the wind blowing in her hair

The voice of mother speaking of love and care

Translation: Idea to Image #1

He is left alone on a battlefield

Happiness and laughter are nothing more that memories

The crows fly above him with a sacrifice in sight

For him the only light seen, is the light of death

Everyone else lies unknown


It’s a place where the sun never wakes

A place where living soil turns to dirt with no life at all

Rain falls like a broken chandelier crashing on a marble floor

The wind howls as if it has won the battle

And the sky is none other than a grey blur of sorrow


Six of his allies carry the intense weight on their shoulders

A pain that hurts a little more than death

They carry their once known friend down a aisle that never ends

A piece of red and white fabric drapes over a box of rest

A piece of fabric showing everyone the hero inside


A young, beautiful women watches with her two gentle children

Shedding tears as rapid as waterfalls in the mountains

She sits by her mother-in-law, hands held tight

Clothed in black, the colour of when one is lost

A son, a husband, a father gone to bed forever


Now a new place where light overcomes all things dark

A new place where smiles are seen in every direction

Amazing, incredible, and beauty are all but understatements

Dreams come alive but yet it was never a dream at all

A place that is real and he is too

Found Poem #1

I’m Waiting for Her


I will be here

Gazing out at the multicoloured sea of humanity

I’ve been waiting my whole life

I’m her man of mystery


Tuesdays. I hate the Tuesdays

Ignore the rules and concentrate on the people

I will take it from here

I will catch and release


You are a coward

You watch yourself

You’re here for a reason, and that reason is us

A man with money or a man with love


America, for five minutes is open

You will not step one foot in America

Something a guy like you will never understand

What is the purpose of your visit?


I go to New York

I’m talking about human dignity

Please step back into line sir

I waiting for her