- The poem starts with a simple line.
- Around this area, there is never enough water. The writer shows what it is like to be without water.
- When the poet imagines water, it describes and compares it to a god.
- When a water pipe bursts, the poet shows how the area responds.They rush to collect as much water as possible.
- The children enjoy the water and play in it.
Night of the Scorpion
The poem is about when a woman, the poet's mother, in a poor village in India is stung by a scorpion. Concerned neighbours pour into her hut to give advice and help. All sorts of cures and rituals are tried by the neighbours.
The peot writes the poem like she is the daughter of the mother who has been stung by the scorpion.
Search for my tongue
- The poet explains what it is like to speak and think in two languages.
- She thinks that she might lose her 'mother tongue'.
- However, the mother tongue remains with her in her dreams.
- By the end, she is confident that it will always be part of who she is.(she will keep her mother tongue)