What does the following line mean from Jesus Colon's "Little Things Are Big": "The cold air slapped my warm face"?I understand that the speaker is unhappy about his inactions, but does it mean that...

What does the following line mean from Jesus Colon's "Little Things Are Big": "The cold air slapped my warm face"?

I understand that the speaker is unhappy about his inactions, but does it mean that because he felt like he failed, that when the cold air hit his face that he actually felt like it might as well just slap him... Err, please help.

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anthonda49 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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Jesus's face was warm. From what? Was he embarrassed or had he done a lot of physical labor? Was he angry, or was it overly warm where he was? The answer to that will determine why the cold air slapped him. When people experience a great temperature differential, real or imagined, it means that there is a wake-up call (figuratively, not literally). The cold air could be reviving him from a situation that he was not comfortable in. If the heat wherever he was caused him to feel like he was suffocating, the cold air would "wake him up" and revive him. The little things mentioned in the title must refer to something in the poem that made him uncomfortable.

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He means the cold air punishes him for his actions, it fills him with guilt. Your right to think that it slapped him, that is the way Colon described it. The feeling he gets shows that he regrets not helping the woman. Watch the video, it really relays his emotions well and besides it being applicable to the question it's also very touching

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