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A Story Analysis



Author: poem of Li-Young Lee Type: poem Views: 8

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Sad is the man who is asked for a story

and can't come up with one.



His five-year-old son waits in his lap.

Not the same story, Baba. A new one.

The man rubs his chin, scratches his ear.



In a room full of books in a world

of stories, he can recall

not one, and soon, he thinks, the boy

will give up on his father.



Already the man lives far ahead, he sees

the day this boy will go. Don't go!

Hear the alligator story! The angel story once more!

You love the spider story. You laugh at the spider.

Let me tell it!




But the boy is packing his shirts,

he is looking for his keys. Are you a god,

the man screams, that I sit mute before you?

Am I a god that I should never disappoint
?



But the boy is here. Please, Baba, a story?

It is an emotional rather than logical equation,

an earthly rather than heavenly one,

which posits that a boy's supplications

and a father's love add up to silence.






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internal conflict through mental conversation. Italics verses words that are not.

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