In "Falling Song" by Daniel David Moses, what is the message and how do the elements of this poem contribute to this message?Falling Song by Daniel David MosesThere was the sweet but...

 In "Falling Song" by Daniel David Moses, what is the message and how do the elements of this poem contribute to this message?

Falling Song by Daniel David Moses

There was the sweet but reedy
honking of geese coming down
this morning with rain over
rush hour streets, coming
through like bells that celebrate.

I got right up, pushing up
close to the sooty window
pane. I peered out and up through
the weather, imagining
that that line of winged dots would

be shifting as if waves moved
easily through them, as if
waves floated them south. I wanted
to catch them riding, spots on
the wake of the wind, marking

the certain direction of
their migration. But I got
no satisfaction. Mist kept
them mysterious, quickly
dampening their call. Leaning

over the sill, I gaped at
a window shade dull sky, at
a hollow city, and felt
like I'd missed a parade I
would have wanted to follow.

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This is a poem about longing for connection with the natural world, and about a specific form of alienation, or failure to make that desired connection. The elements of the poem are primarily imagery: the poem uses images of the geese and the city repeatedly. After that, similes are used: the geese move like waves, and they call him to ride those waves, like a surfer. Repetition and alliteration are used; look at the "w" sounds and the repetition of waves. Mostly, though, it is the images that show us a many longing to connect with nature, but failing to do so in the city.

 

 

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