Credo Poem Analysis

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The poem “Credo” by Andrew Zawacki, while this is a self-reflecting piece, he also shows his naturist interpretation of the world. You can understand his deep feeling for the subject, that this isn’t some piece he wrote over a protracted time, this was a short surge of emotion that impeccably captured his thoughts and state of mind. He makes it very clear what his message is, even if it is not seen at face value. The poem had many dark tones, they were needed to show the true implication of the writing.
The author is talking to himself, him from the past. With the knowledge of the events between past and present and how they shaped him. “You say the wind is only wind & carries nothing nervous in its teeth. I do not believe it.” (Zawacki).
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He elucidates his position with the next line, “I have seen the leaves desist from moving although the branches move…” (Zawacki). This exquisitely shows the interaction between two things that are normally regarded as being one. He is showing that even though the two are intertwined, that does not mean that they must move as one. This is needed due to the fact that his first statement lends itself to being that everything must affect one another. He then follows that declaration of interconnected detachment of two things with, “…and I believe a cyclone has secrets the weather is ignorant of.” (Zawacki). A powerful message is concealed within this humble phrase. How could a cyclone, a force of nature, have concealed mysteries that its mother cannot comprehend? Just as a child may know something that its own mother does not know, the cyclone holds knowledge. He then develops the meaning of piece by including “I have seen rivers, not unlike you, that failed to find their way back.” (Zawacki). This is a crack at himself, if a mighty river cannot find its way back how can you if you go off course? The river is a commanding symbol for life itself; like life, it does not stop, and it will endure. Yet, the …show more content…
This can only be done with the potency of formatting the poem to illuminate the soul. It has spacing where there normally isn’t a space, making you pause in mid-sentence. Adding to the power of some of the words. The indentation of some lines over other, makes them seem special to the author, forcing the mind to read them with greater emphasis.

“You say wind is only wind & carries nothing nervous in its teeth. I do not believe it.” (Zawacki).
The last sentence is indented in a way that forces you to give more meaning to it, it’s his conviction. It’s written as to evocate the same level of emotion that the author had at the time of the writing. This is a reflection of his knowledge of life, of what he learned from his mistakes. It speaks to the primal side of us humans. That we need to understand that while we do not affect others with our actions we are still liable for what happens because of this. Nature is the one this we can never fully understand, but we are nature as well, there for we will never understand ourselves to the full extent.
”I believe in the violence of not knowing.”

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