Figures of Speech: A Sunrise on the Veld

A simile is conparing two words using like or as. Lessing used multiple examples of similes such as “with the arms and legs and fingers waiting like soldiers waiting for a command” and “Alert as an animal” When a simile is used, it helps desbribe what the person or object is like. Lessing described the arms and legs waiting for a command from the boy like soldiers waitimg for a command from a general.

A personification is giving a non human thing, human characteristics. An example of a personification in the story are “It looked so small, crouching there under a tall and brilliant sky” A personification is helpful to try and  imagine something unfamiliar. The sky cannot actually be tall, it is just called that to help visualize the sky.

A paradox is a statement that seems to contradict itself but still makes sone sense. “Remaining vigilant all night and counting the hours” is a good use of a paradox. It would be nearly impossible to remain alert while sleeping but yet it can make sense to be ready to get up and be prepared. Paradoxes can be used to help the reader to think more deeply about the story.

A metaphor is conparing two things without using like or as. Metaphors are used to compare things and almost saying one thing is the other. The best example of a metaphor was when Lessing said “He was a boy again.” This is a good metaphor because he cannot just magically become younger agian therefore it is comparing the older boy’s actions to what he did when he was younger. A metaphor is another way to help describe an object.

A synecdoche is using part of something describe something bigger or smaller. Lessing uses the phrase “the dangerous window.” The window itself is not dangerous, but when the parents who are in the house look through the window, that is when it becomes danderous. Lessing is using the window to descibe the house and the parents. Synecdoches are used to describe something in greater detail by saying less.

Word Craft: A Sunrise on the Veld

The definition of superfluity is an unnecessary or extra amount of something.  A superfluity of youth is making the most out of your life before rules control your adult life. “He was clean crazy, yelling mad with the joy of living and a superfluity of youth.” In a way, it is like the boy went crazy. Not worrying about what possible dangers are ahead. The boy ran carefree through the tangled grass, even though he could easily break his ankle.

Sulkily is being quiet and slightly angry because of disappointment. “He was a small boy again, kicking sulkily at the skeleton” The boy was was sulking at the buck’s death because he was so mad but yet disappointed that the buck died yet still refused to accept responsibility for breaking the buck’s leg. The boy knew he couldn’t save the buck and reassured himself by telling himself that these things happen all the time in nature even thought he was the one to cause the buck to be vulnerable to the ants in the first place.

Incredulously means in a manner of disbelief. Being so amazed that it is almost impossible to think that it is real. “He thought incredulously, remembering the liquid dark eyes of a buck.” The boy thought about eyes of the majestic creature but when he looked down at the skeleton, it was just empty holes. He was shocked to see the difference from when the buck was living to when there was nothing but bits of pink on white bones.

Tumult means great confusion or disorder. There is a bold or vibrant commotion. “He rushed under the vlei under a tumult of crimson and gold.” This shows that there is a mix or blend of colors in the sky. The sky is in conflict with its self. There is a foreshadowing that there will be a conflict later in the story. The tumult in the sky shows that everything in the world is in a conflict with something.

Veld is an open grassland in southern Africa. Doris Lessing lived in Africa and that could be a reason why the story is set on a veld in Africa The veld is where the story takes place. The openness of a veld could represent the carefree an open personality of the boy.  Right when you read the title “A Sunrise on the Veld” it starts you thinking of what the story will be, especially if you do not know what veld means

Grandma’s Place – An Emotional Landscape Poem

We drove on the highway
That leads to my grandparents house
They came out to say hello 
Then went to play 

I walked along the rows of tree     
Trying to find a hiding spot
The warm summer breeze
Ran through my hair  
And caused the leaves to shake

I approached the white fence
Surrounding the barn filled with cats
I climbed over it
Squeezed between two hay bales
Knowing they would be there

I picked up the grey cat
It was purring gently and held it for a while
Fell asleep on a pile of hay
Then then woke up in the middle of the night
The moon shining in my eyes



Desert Powers – A Five Easy Pieces Poem

His hands were dry and cracked
The fingernails chewed and uneven
The old cut running across his palm
Was still bleeding

His hands were moving fast
Reaching for different tools
Unplugging wires and attaching others
But the vehicle would not start

The Serengeti is a playground for the animals
A place where everyone fits
Although it may not be the most ideal
They all have a spot

The man was working for hours
Sweat pouring down his face
Wondering what he was doing I asked
"Why are you working in such harsh conditions"

He replied "Yes do not get me a glass of water"
Then ran after men screaming
And still on this very day
I wonder what happened to that man


Unacceptable – The Terminal Found Poem


What is the purpose of your visit?
Take me to Ramada Inn, Lexington
Don't worry, this is just a standard procedure
You are at this time simply...unacceptable

Where do I buy the Nike shoes?
You are not to leave this building
Beyond those doors is American soil
America is closed

Do you have an appointment?
Nobody read the sign in America
Don't pretend to be surprised
I can't go out with you

What is in the can?
We think they're for his father
Just tell me the truth
I just want to know why


Love – First Line Auction Poem


On a field filled with wheat
Two people walk together
A boy and a girl strolling carefree
And the birds singing their song

They walk hand in hand
Until the girl runs far ahead
The boy chases after her
Through the golden field
He followed her across the meadow
To the top of a hill
They stood their for some time
Watching the sunset on the horizon

He said something to her
No louder than a whisper
She giggles a bit
Then kisses him gently


The Decision – Ten Minute Spill Poem

A cliff far below the clouds
Not knowing what lies at the bottom
Will you risk it all or risk nothing
Will you jump or not jump

You've heard that great riches are at the bottom
Maybe jagged rocks leading to sudden death
Thousands to people walking in a line
Walking into an black abyss

A voice is telling you to leap 
Yet you know your mother would disapprove
You take a running start at the edge
Jump and tumble towards the ground

Everything is spinning in a whir
Just praying you come out alive
Spinning and spinning for what feels like hours
Then you fall unconscious
You wake up in an unfamiliar place
A place in such detail, yet indescribable
Then you realize where you are
And its much greater than Earth