-by Audre Lorde

At first glance, the “Recreation” poem by Audre Lorde appears to have a short and simplistic theme. The word “Recreation” itself has an explicit and sincere purpose. After reading the poem I started to connect to it at a more mysterious level. The particular reason for this circumstance is that I believe the author demonstrating a central image referring to ‘Mother Earth’. From my perspective, the poem is applying a bond among a mother giving birth to an infant. Today, I will be sharing with you a short commentary on the poem. I will be discussing my understanding of the meaning of the poem and I will also discuss what makes this poem aesthetic.

COMMENTARY OF THE POEM

Your curiosity and my love for you come together
I find it easier to work
As our spirits speak
paper and pen create
With a focus on neither care nor profit
whether we write or not
but as your body wiggles
under my hands
Loving and waiting for you
we cut the leash.
you complete me in how I hold you
The mountains are your hips
moving through the ridges of love
my body
writes into your flesh
the poem
you make of me.

Touching you I glimpse midnight
as moon fires set in my throat
I love you flesh into blossom
I made you
and take you,
made into me.

My child.

In the first part of the poem where the author stated,

“Coming together

it is easier to work

after our bodies

meet

paper and pen”

I originated to assume she was speaking about fantasy. Although, a great quantity of poems appears to conflict between fantasy versus reality. My understanding of the writers’ poem is that she was referring to a mother meeting her child for the first time after a long journey. It can be challenging to learn how to care for an infant as she states ‘after our bodies meet paper and pen’. After meeting your newborn baby everything becomes more manageable. You will learn how to admire and care for them unconditionally.

In the second section of the Poem, the speaker stated,

“neither care nor profit

whether we write or not

but as your body moves

under my hands.

charged and waiting.

we cut the leash”

The speaker centered the awareness of the relationship between her and the infant. She did not quite comprehend how they both going to be benefited from the relationships among them. As the infant continues to grow in her womb the only thing she could have done was be prepared and just arrange for the baby to arrive. Moreover, the author uses the imagery “ cut the leash” she is expressing that she desires to be free. Although, it can be challenging for a mother to not want to be free after carrying a child for nine months.

In the third section of the poem the speaker stated,

“you create me against your thighs.

hilly with images

moving through our world countries.

my body

writes into your flesh

the poem

you make of me.”

The infant’s body continues to grow and causes many different types of hormones that change the mother’s body. Although, the only option a mother will have is to continue to embrace the feelings of moving mountains while the flesh of the body blossom into an angel.

In the last section of the poem the author stated,

“Touching you I catch the midnight

as moon fires set in my throat

I love you flesh into blossom

I made you

and take you made

into me.”

The speaker utilized Metaphor to express how she felt fire in her throat as she was giving birth. Moreover, the author expressed how painful it is to have a baby. Although, she centered the specific image on using her body to create a blossom which was proposed to a child.

To sum all the pieces of information that I shared, the uniqueness of the poem comes from the speaker’s complex analysis. The aesthetic of the poem is very pleasant and unique.

For any additional information on the poem please click on the link below.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42579/recreation