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making a fist
Making a Fist
  • For the first time, on the road north of Tampico,I felt the life sliding out of me,a drum in the desert, harder and harder to hear.I was seven, I lay in the carwatching palm trees swirl a sickening pattern past the glass.My stomach was a melon split wide inside my skin.'How do you know if you are going to die?'I begged my mother. We had been traveling for days.With strange confidence she answered,'When you can no longer make a fist.'Years later I smile to think of that journey,the borders we must cross separately,stamped with our unanswerable woes.I who did not die, who am still living,still lying in the backseat behind all my questions,clenching and opening one small hand.
  • Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Allusion can be applied to the poem because the author, Naomi Shihab Nye, refers to a past historical event.
  • Imagery can be applied to this poem because it very well describes the palm trees.

“watching palm trees swirl”

point of view
Point of view
  • The point of view is coming from her experience when they were traveling
  • The tone the author uses is nostalgic because she is looking back on she was traveling but she also uses a tone of pride because she survived the journey and she can still clench her fist.
summary of poem
Summary of Poem

The poem “Making A Fist” is about Naomi Shihab, the author, on her tough and hard journey. In the poem she deeply describes how hard the journey was. She also share some important information she learned from her mother, that you will die when you can no longer make a fist. The last part of the poem is her looking back at the life changing event and what she learned from it.