The Dalai Lama once said, “I hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest” (BrainyQuotes.com). Hope is a subject that is heavily present in “Accident” by Todd Davis. Typically, spring is a symbol for hope. It often brings people brighter thoughts after cold, dark winters. Support can also affect how optimistic a person is. The purpose of a person’s life is a large source of hope. In the poem, the narrator is thinking about a recent event in which a man killed himself. The son of the suicidal man and the child of the narrator were friends, and the narrator is contemplating why the man shot himself. The narrator does not understand why the man could not find hope. In “Accident”, Todd Davis proposes that through seasonal metaphors, family support, and a person’s purpose, hope can always be found.
The environment that one is living in can supply hope. Todd Davis showed this through a seasonal metaphor. The narrator of the poem talks about weather changing and getting better, providing the metaphor. The weather getting warmer and the arrival of spring symbolizes new life and a new start. The narrator ponders, “I’m not sure/ why he couldn’t wait,” then later talks about blossoms opening (Davis 787, 4-5). This quote and other hints about spring are discussing how the new season is bringing new hope for many. The narrator says that “we understand/ the ones who decide to leave us in February” (Davis 787, 5-6). This is discussing how during the winter, life can feel so gloomy, using February as a symbol for the dark times in life. However, things will get better with spring. The narrator does not understand how the man who committed
suicide could not wait and find hope in the fact that the environment that this man was living in
was getting brighter. For many people, the changing of seasons in one’s environment from
winter to spring symbolizes hope.
Family brings a great wealth of support. This support can get a person through the
toughest of times. Family support gives wonderful hope. The man who committed suicide could
have found hope in the care from his family. The audience gets the sense that the man’s family
loved him because the son was lied to about the suicide in the quote, “They tell the son who tells
his friends / at school, that the father’s death / was an accident” (Davis 787, 1-3). The lie was
given in order to cushion the blow to the son that loved his father very much. Being loved by
family and getting their support can open one’s heart. This man was not finding hope because his
heart was not open. An...