To whom it may Concern
J.V. Cunningham
 
After so many decades of . . .of what?
I have a permanent sabbatical.
I pass my time on actuarial time,
Listen to music, and, going to bed
Leave something in the bottom of the glass,
A little wastefulness to end the day

 

 

 

My Interpretation

I chose this poem because it was interesting and I didn't really understand what the purpose was. When reading through a first time, I thought that this poem was about  someone who felt that they weren't cared about and didn't feel loved.

When reading closer I discovered that this poem is about someone feeling lonely and unloved. That throughout the  decades of this person's life they didn't feel fufilled. Leave something in the bottom of the glass, A little wastefulness to end the day. These stanza's conveyed to me that not finishing something you start is adding a little more waste to your day. In this case it's the perfect way to end everyday of this desperate and quite sad person's life.

Reading this I got the picture of a bum, possibly an old war hero, sad and alone. I saw this specific person lax, without a care in the world. One of those the glass-is-half-empty kind of people.

 

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