An effective point of view on a major issue can work in its reliance on a fanciful image, the concrete thereby enlarged. In his poem "At the Bomb Testing Site," William Stafford calls attention to the danger all life risks in the atomic bomb through the eyes of a lizard, who sees "an important scene/acted in stone for little selves." The final stanza shows the lizard, vulnerable in expectancy.
There was just a continent without much on it
under a sky that never cared less,
Ready for a change, the elbows waited.
The hands gripped hard on the desert.
The Way It Is, New & Selected Poems
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.