DO THEY HAVE A REASON?

DO THEY HAVE A REASON? by: Stephen Dobyns

Life begins, you make some friends,
what futures you plan for one another.
No failures here, no one sent to prison.
When you first start out, you canít imagine
you wonít succeed, even if the road’s unclear,
your parents call you dumb and your brother
beats you up, somehow you’ll pull it off,
even if what you want is to rob a bank,
to be a first rate crook, but mostly we start out
idealistic-doctors, astrophysicists-or maybe
we have a taste for fame and money-actors,
stock brokers–but always something at the top
and always several: Maybe I’ll be this or that,
we say. And mostly our friends encourage us
just so weíll encourage them.  Sure you’ll be
a surgeon, they say, you got the hands. So we
loll about the riverbank with our first cigar
and watch the ducks float by. It’s summer
and third grade is dead forever. We lean back
on our elbows and blow some smoke. I’ll be
an astronaut, you say, and own a fleet of trucks.
You bet, says your cousin, and I’ll play ball.
And he’s the guy who dies a drunk at thirty-five.
Think of the moment when you at last catch on.
Some kids get it right away, others not so quick.
One day you experience a click in your head
when the world turns from one place to another.
Does the sky change color, the river get colder?
Like when you stroll into the local diner after school
for a Coke and a hot pretzel, a place you visit
everyday to meet your pals, but today your pals
are having fun someplace else and there instead
are half a dozen kids you’ve never seen before:
sixth graders for certain. They snatch your pack,
toss your stuff around, one tears your shirt,
another rips your books. Whatís their reason?
They don’t need a reason. When the world
you love is exchanged for another, it’s like that.

Although the poem is long, the main reason why I chose this poem is because the  different topics that have: life, decisions, friends, future, etc. Caught my attention the manner in which the author wrote the poem, as if he was telling you about life. While I was reading the poem I could visualized in,  I moments I lived, since the beginning of life the different decision I have to make . I relate the poem with college life, when it’s time to take the decision on which college to study?, what will you like to  study? and will you can achieve your goals?

Another point that touches are  when pressures are in the way of what you’ll study, when even try to persuade you to choose a career not because it’s your call but for the money and fame that you can build if you choose this career, but also talks about the friends who will  be there to  support you to achieve your dreams, and  even mentions the family that plays an important role in our lives.

As much as I like the poem is that it causes reflections, when we remember and wonder at the same time like the poem says:
“One day you experience a click in your head
When the world turns from one place to Another.
Does the sky change color, the river get colder?”

This is a reminder that time passes in  blink of an eye and something we didn’t even paid enough attention and its already to late.

Another issue that touches the poem is change. The change that we experience ourselves and others as shows:
“Like When You stroll Into the local diner after school
for a Coke and a hot pretzel, a place you visit
Meet everyday to your pals, but Today your pals
Are having fun someplace else and There INSTEAD
Are half a dozen kids you’ve never seen before:
Certain for sixth graders. They snatch your pack,
toss your stuff around, one tears your shirt,
Another rips your books. Whatis Their reason?
They Do not Need A Reason. When the world
you love is Exchanged for Another, It’s Like That. “

We change constantly something we don’t even know, but its like an evolution that helps us grown to become fit to face the future.

But as the poem wants to tell us, the future is uncertain, and we don’t know wthat to expect , you only have to trust, work hard and try the impossible to succed on what we want, that is our goal.

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