I chose “Reflections in Black and Blue,” by Christine K Molito for my poem recitation because I can interpret her emotions very vividly and deeply when I read this poem. Molito says, “I caught you watching me in the bathroom mirror, before cereal yesterday morning.” I can sense the imagery in this sentence. I feel as if she is saying this because she is tired of the routine and her daily activities. I can relate to this because I get very tired of doing the same thing almost every day. In my case I work, I am a student, and a part time babysitter. Molito seems like a woman trapped in her boring life, trying escape but cannot because of her partner. I think what Molito is trying to say is that she wants more to life than her every day rituals. She also makes this statement, “When you looked straight into my blue eyes. Straight through—into the part of me.” This is my favorite part of the poem. I can literally see the visual of an ordinary man looking into the ocean, blue eyes of a beautiful woman. I have blue eyes myself but it is not the color that she is focusing on. It is more than that. He can notice the blue in her eyes, but he cannot see anything further than that. I can tell she wants more. She wants him to notice the little things that she does. She pleads for this person to understand her feelings and asks “Do you see me fading?” Of course feelings fade after a while but in Molito’s case, I comprehend that it is not her feelings fading. It seems to me that she is simply fading as a human being. She begs for her loved one to see this change, to notice her fade to grey. I love this poem because the author is very passionate about her writing and at the same time, the poem comes off as a guessing game. Molito doesn’t make it obvious as to what the problem is, but she gives hints as to how she feels.
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