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02 January 2002 @ 06:18 pm
I have a question...  
I'm pretty sure no one knows the answer, but I'm gonna try anyway...

In Howard Nemerov's poem "Redeployment" he has this confusing stanza:

The war may be over. I know a man
Who keeps a pleasant souvenir, he keeps
A soldier's dead blue eyeballs that he found
Somewhere- hard as chalk, and blue as slate.
He clicks them in his pocket while he talks.

I don't think eyeballs can harden naturally. Is there some chemical that would cause them to harden? Does he not mean eyeballs? I thought glass eyes, but why would one soldier have two glass eyes? Then I thought marbles, but... I mean, c'mon. Marbles? Could eyeballs have been code for something else?

Help. Any input would be appreciated. This is my poetry thingy, here...
Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Mulan - I'll Make A Man Out Of You
Benkalzar on January 2nd, 2002 08:37 pm (UTC)
Sorry, just got done reading Cat's Cradle, couldn't resist.
DrWormdrworm on January 3rd, 2002 12:43 pm (UTC)
Ooooo-kaaaay... so that helped me not at all, mainly because I'm too dumb to know what it meant.
On the other hand, I know what the eyeballs are! They are a metaphor for bravery! Stoutheartedness! Toughness! And he fact that my English teacher will believe whatever bullshit I toss at her!
Yay, school...
Benkalzar on January 3rd, 2002 01:09 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, English teachers, aren't they fun? I think as long as you put what looks like effort in to something they'll believe it.