What I Thought of "Greening" by Kevin Young

Abstract:

Throughout 2020, it's been a whirlwind of emotions and it definitely hasn't been all positive..but also not all negative. COVID struck, my senior year was cut, and I found myself within an inbetween when I became no longer a senior but also not a college freshman yet. I was scared. I didn't know what to expect. With COVID, all I knew was that my college experience-like my senior year- wouldn't be what I also pictured in my head. When reading "Greening" I related to the context. There are a lot of lows in life; life  sometimes makes it seem  like "It never ends,the bruise of being". However, there's also the "greening". As we get older and things become harder "awake, older, you fumble now in the most graceful way", we all work harder and go through pain but we become grateful and more graceful as we learn more and more. It's "almost beautiful how you flounder". We, as a human race, will struggle but "Child, hold fast...greening thing as it erodes and spins" because better IS coming.
 
I'm quoting a lot, but basically the message to me is that the spekaer may see bad, yet he chooses the good and encourages his child (or audience) to do the same. At the beginning the "bruise" part did talk of pain but it did shift pretty quickly , talking of lessons yet to learn like "we watch you like a kettle learning to whistle". Within that, they're also stating with the watch part that the speaker is protective of his "child", but also wants to let him learn himself.  I wonder if he is indeed talking of a child, or future kids...or perhaps to any who may be reading his works. 
 
Within his work, Young uses hyphens and commas often. I believe the hyphens display feelings and surroundings, even considering "messy" as a feeling (in my opinion). For example "-grateful to have seen you" is like a sidenote to give background. It connects the author and reader to the piece; "-this bloom of being. Almost beautiful" is another example. The multitude of commas helps supply rhythm and show his thinking more because there' s a pause within a comma, and with them he just keeps continuing on the sentence further. It shows he's observing a lot and making these thoughts. 
 
Finally, in relation to other poems, the shift in mood in opposite that of "Out,Out" by Robert Frost" becuase instead of a cute memory-like mood at the beginning, it's going from sadness to beauty...not beautiful memories to pain and destitute.
 
My final thought is just: I wonder about what exactly he was going through and or what circumstances he had gone through to write that poem. What was it's purpose? i find when I right poems like that, it's to give myself hope. Every writer (and everyone) has a story. What's his?

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Last updated on 09/11/2020