the eyes close,
the statue changes,
With the chain,
around the leg,
the rock nearby,
seems like the moon.
In the shoes,
for the grain of sand,
the hands are held,
and eyes open.
waiting for the day,
without pound ounce.
This poem is about a person who hurt their foot. They hit their foot on something and are in considerable pain days later. They have not sought medical attention, and, despite the pain, they believe their foot is not broken. They try to go about their day as best they can.
When the person walks, they step heavily with their good leg in attempt to move themselves forward and support their weight. They step lightly with their hurt foot because of the pain. The heavy step is symbolized with the weight “pound” (which also symbolizes the pounding of the step into the ground) and the light step is symbolized with the weight “ounce”. Each “pound ounce” set (except for the last) refers to the person taking a step forward.
In the first stanza, the person takes two steps. They feel pain and close their eyes as they cringe. They don’t make a noise, as holding the sound in, in some way, holds the pain in.
In the second stanza, the person takes two more steps. The person, being relatively immobile, is described as a statue. Their facial expression changes because of the pain.
In the third stanza, the idea of relative distance is examined. The person has trouble walking. This is symbolized as them having a chain around their leg. Because of this, something that is nearby seems as though it is far away. This is symbolized by the idea of the moon. The moon looks nearby when it is bright and full, almost as if it were a few hundred feet or a few miles away. In reality, this is an illusion, and the moon is very far away. It looks close, but is at a considerable distance. This relates to the object the person wants, that is in reality close, but because of their ailment is as if it is a considerable distance away.
The person’s condition has taught them empathy. The person, so to speak, is “walking in the shoes” of someone who is disabled. They are experience what having a disability is like, even if only for a brief time (for the grain of sand – as in one grain of sand falling in an hour glass, which represents a very small amount of time). This causes them to feel a connection to the disabled (the hands are held) and they open their eyes (metaphorically) to their situation.
In the last stanza, the person takes two more steps, and in their pain, they feel like they are waiting for the day when the pain is gone and they can walk normally.