Poem with an explanation: the sky was clear

the sky is clear
a breeze does blow
and all is calm
in the sunshine

one leaf does fall
one with three sides
and rain does fall
as skies grow dark

the lightning strikes
as clouds do form
the hail does fall
as trees do sway

the sky was clear

the sky was clear


This poem is about a bad memory.  In the poem a person is having a nice day.  They feel good.  This is symbolized by the weather in the first stanza.

Then one small thing happens to bring back the bad memory.  In the poem it is one three sided leaf falling.  The idea here is that particular things, that might seem trivial and unrelated to a memory, can bring back a memory.

When this happens the person feels bad.  The feelings of the memory come back.  The rain falls, the sky grows dark, lighting strikes, clouds form, hail falls, and trees sway.  The person has nowhere to run from the storm.  They have nowhere to escape the memory or the feelings associated with it.

After this occurs the person realizes that just a moment before things were good.  The sky was clear.  They realize how quickly their feelings can change with just one event.

The idea of the poem is to reflect on the idea that bad memories can linger, sometimes for years, and little things can bring them back.  When they come back, the feelings associated with them can also return.


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