Word Craft

Word Craft
Fatality – an occurrence of death by accident, in war, or from disease
Doris Lessing uses this word in the story resembling the cycle of life. When the boy questions whether or not to interfere with the natural well-being of the buck, he is deciding it’s fate and making it so that the buck doesn’t die on it’s own. Although, his final decision was to let death play it’s role.

Vaguely – in a way that is uncertain, indefinite, or unclear; roughly
Doris Lessing uses this word to describe the sight of the buck after the ants had consumed the remains of it. The boy couldn’t tell what was there, which leads me to believe the buck went from known to unknown. Multiple people have moments of vague, such as ; the times where they aren’t looking clearly at another person’s perspective of things. This also relates to the shutters earlier in the story, because shutters resemble darkness and you can’t see clearly in the dark.

Naive –  showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.
It is believed we are all created from dust and when we die, we are also referred to as dust. It can be “enjoyable dust,” or “dead dust.” Doris is referring to the dust the boy felt in between his toes while he was walking barefoot to the place where he was watching the sunset. This relates to humans because it literally says when we die, we are dust. It also resembles to me because I know what it’s like for dust to sneak up in between my toes, and brings back childhood memories of walking around without shoes on.

Veld – an open uncultivated grassland in southern Africa.
The word “veld” is mentioned in the title of the short-story, “A Sunrise on the Veld.” The veld is the part where the boy is rushing to watch the sun rise. I believe that it is an important part of the boys day to venture off at 4:30 am, with a task of not waking his parents, keeping his dogs quiet, and making sure he gets there on time to watch the sunrise. This relates to humans because everyone has specific things they need to do in the morning before they get to do anything during the day. We all have routines that we need to follow, his just happens to be getting ready on a limited time schedule, and make sure he is there to see the sunrise.

Vigilant – to be vigilant, means being aware of your surroundings, the dangerous things and to watch for possible danger or difficulties.
The example of vigilance in the story is used to describe the boy while he is sleeping. I think this is ironic because you can’t necessarily be aware while you are sleeping. Doris Lessing mentions that the dark half of the boy’s mind is always aware of possible dangers, but that isn’t the case when the boy is running without shoes on while there are possibilities of him breaking a bone. This relates to humans because no one considers the chances of something bad happening to our bodies. Although, no one can be completely aware while in deep sleep, the author is trying to tell us how the dark part of the boy’s mind is controlling him, while he is sleeping.

Figures Of Speech

Figures Of Speech

Paradox great ideas come from the inside, you’re recognizing what’s new to you.

  • When the boy sees the sun rising, he gathers the information from inside him that everything around him resembles God. Not a lot of people recognize it, but the sunrise and sunset and everything (birds, bees, insects, rabbits, bucks, ants, etc.) involved in nature represent God. Coming from a Catholic perspective, we realize that the more you notice God, the more involved he will be in your life and will always be there when you’re in need of help or anything like that.
  • This example of a paradox represents me and maybe others because we don’t really realize what we are capable of. We learn from our mistakes and past experiences ; such as the fact is if we make a mistake, there is a high possibility that we won’t do the same thing again, although sometimes it happens.

Personificationpersonal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman

  • The boy believed the ants symbolized him. They are powerful insects, and can control situations. They are described as “energetic,” as the boy refers to himself. The word energetic would symbolize the boy because he runs around the land with no shoes on but he runs for a long time. He gets up every morning at 4:30 in order to watch the sunrise, but to get there, he needs to rush and follow every routine he does in the morning. He runs with no cares in the world, he doesn’t wear shoes because he is confident nothing will happen to him, although the possibilities of him breaking a bone are endless. The ants are mentioned to be “whispering ants” which means they wouldn’t really make a sound, or quiet. This relates to the boy because in the morning he would need to make little sound in order to keep his parents sleeping, so he wouldn’t get in trouble or caught.
  • This example of personification relates to me because there are times when I believe I can rule anything and make decisions for others, without the consideration of how they might feel. There are times when I am energetic, much like the boy in the short-story “A Sunrise on the Veld,” such as the times when I am motivated to do things that I take partial or full interest in. I relate to the boy because each morning I follow the same routines, but my mornings aren’t as complex or eventful as his are. When comparing the ants to the boy, I realized that while their mentioned as whispering ants, this would relate to me because there are times where I need to be quiet, in order to not be in trouble.

Similea stated comparison between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common ; usually using the words “like,” or “as.”

  • As mentioned in the first paragraph, the boy was falling asleep which was connected to “shutters closing.” The shutters, or blinds, would represent his eyes closing as he was falling asleep. When you close your eyes, all you see is literally nothing, the same with complete darkness. When you close your blinds, it blocks out the light, much like when you close your eyes. “The whispering noise was faint and dry, like the rustling of cast snakeskin” is a simile that again, can be related to the boy and the ants. A whispering noise, related to how quiet the boy would need to be to get out of the house each morning. The boy is compared to being as “alert as an animal,” which would mean that he is aware of all his surroundings.
  • A lot of these similes would relate to humans and myself such as when you close your eyes, you see darkness, the same as when you shut a blind. This could also relate to actually being blind. You wouldn’t be able to control everything around you, much like how you can’t control anything in your sleep. The whispering noise would relate to the times people are suppose to be quiet, as mentioned earlier in the personification category of this assignment. There are times where it is necessary to be alert as an animal, which would lead to the description of while you’re driving, you want to be alert for upcoming or following cars.

UnderstatementA figure of speech in which a writer or speaker deliberately makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is.

  • While the boy is deciding whether or not to kill the deer and put it out of it’s misery, he doesn’t realize what is going on through his head. The author made this situation sound less important than it actually would be, because it takes a lot of responsibility and you would need to be fully committed into killing a mammal. They don’t emphasize on the amount of pressure it would be on the boy to have to live with killing another living, breathing animal. While these moments are happening, the sun is rising, and in the sun, there would be an image of Jesus and God. It would relate to Jesus because he rose up and was resurrected. The sunrise would relate to God because he is found in a little bit of everything, and a new day symbolizes a new child being born, because there are children being born every minute, of everyday. The author didn’t emphasize on the fact that God is surrounding us and is with us through every tough decision that needs to be made, and he can be found in nature.
  • There are times when we don’t consider the feelings of others and the risks that are possible if we do something that is irresponsible. We all underestimate things, like the decisions of words we say that have huge consequences, it could cost someone their life if we don’t realize that others have feelings too. A lot of people don’t recognize that God can be found in a little bit of everything, and many people don’t take time to appreciate the fact that we all have someone there protecting and watching over us at all times. Not everyone understands that there are prices to pay when we do something to hurt another, and we, as humans, take things for granted, and don’t consider how others may feel.

IronyThe use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. Also, a statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea.

  •  At the beginning of the story there is a line where it is mentioned that the boys dark part of his mind was the part waking him up before the alarm clock. It is ironic that even the dark part of our mind has bad habits. This resembles fate vs free choice. His conscience leads him to do things, because his inner voice makes decisions for him, which is also known as the dark part of his mind. Another example of irony in the story is when the boy has to make the decision of interfering with the buck’s natural cause of death, or if he should shoot it with his gun.
  • This relates to humans because everyone has to make hard decisions and everyone has a conscience. A conscience is the inner voice in your head basically making decisions for us. It tells us right choices from wrong and everyone has choices that they need to make, some can be tough and time consuming, but others are very easy, and take no time to decide, they are momentary.

Five Easy Pieces

The hands, long fingers, cold and

Kneading through the dough

Making cookies,

Chocolate chip cookies in fact
As I looked deep into the blue eyes

Of my grandmother,

They reminded me of the tropical

Ocean in Fiji.

¨The deep blue waters of Fiji are the mirrors to the soul¨

I wanted to ask so badly for a trip to Fiji

What interests you there? She asked

I want to escape to a tropical place in the world where

I can forget about my problems, and just relax.

An Emotional Landscape

To leave without a trace

At noon you vanish somewhere

Streams mumble

Near the poplar and ash trees

Where snails converse about eternity

Lvov overflowed each ocean,

No one could comprehend Lvov,

Frozen for Synthia.

At night the church’s silence

Wasn’t like the cathedral

Joy hovered everywhere

So much death awaits you

There was too much of Lvov

And now there isn´t any

Translation, Idea to Image

Loud guns,

Firing amongst the calming sound

Of the ocean waves

Reminds me of the past

Where people dying

Brought on the tears

Of the families


Through the pain

But they know

That heaven is a

Better place to be.

Found Poem 1

As I gazed out at the multicoloured sea of humanity,

Connecting to Orlando

I thought to myself, how long will I be staying?

What’s the purpose of your visit?

Stand by, he’s fishing.

We’d like you to wait here please,

Next, next, next

As I waited

And waited

And waited

Take me to Ramada Inn please

I need to see your return ticket,

Keep the change.

You speak a little English


I help people with their immigration problems

Ten Minute Spill

Words used : cliff, needle, voice, whir, strawberry, cloud, mother, lick

Adage : a penny saved is a penny earned.

My mother stood on the cliff looking at the clouds and decided to lick a strawberry while getting a needle in her arm. Her voice, whirring, said “a penny earned is a penny saved.”

Words used : northern, put, upper, fast, inquiry, plastic, limited, grace

Adage : slow and steady wins the race.

Words taken out : plastic and put

Grace lives in the northern part of Canada. She is limited to only the upper part of the apartment she lives in. She takes inquiry at work and answers the questions not fast, but slow and quotes that “steady and slow wins the race.”


I Didn’t Go on the Ski Trip Poems


It was a dark summer night

Midnight gets darker and darker

Like a candle burning out

And someone was coming my direction

A black shadow with an unfamiliar scent

The hair on the back of my neck went up

As i got scared wondering who it might be

Women and men dying, starving

Blood dripping from bodies

The pain is drowning out every other sound

Except the gun fire

The enemies finish the war with

Milk that expired


Playing with guns, is like playing with fire

You hope nothing will go wrong

Until you press the trigger

You don’t know what will happen

Or who will die

Unless your eyes bare future sight

Then knowing who will die

Who will come to the other side

Seeking a new adventure

Searching for something new

Everyday I’m alive

Everyday I’m chasing beehives

First Line Auction

I woke up in the middle of the night

Terrified of what would happen next

When just then

I heard a knock at my door

Searching, I saw

A dark figure

The long, loud cry out for help

Coming from

Inside of me

But no one seemed to hear

Blank faces, made it impossible

For me to tell who is who

Suddenly, the landline rang

All that was on the other end

Was non-stop crying

And a little girl

Screaming for help,

Begging to be saved

Finally waking up,

I realized,

It was all only

Just a dream,

And that reality is

Better than the dreams I have.

Interests Survey

My interest type is the Sensei (IS)

My two primary interest traits are

Investigative (77 percent) and Social (73 percent)

The Sensei are drawn towards learning and sharing knowledge. They can be patient, friendly and generous, but may often work independently. Sensei often end up pursuing advanced academic degrees and specializations in the areas that they’re drawn towards because of their strong focus on learning. Sensei are supportive and always there for you if you need someone.