One of the most difficult and toughest things humans are ever called upon to do is to respond to evil with kindness. Everyone loves to hear stories about others who have responded to hatred with love, and were somehow able to forgive the unforgivable. These stories institute pleasure and bliss into people and overall restore their faith that there is still good in the word. Whereas these “feel good” stories are uplifting to listen to, when this same idea is demanded on a personal level the result is usually anger, depression, or hatred. People find it hard to forgive personally even after they know of the many studies that show forgiveness will lead to good health and a more positive life. Although moving toward forgiveness may not be easy, it is the best thing someone could do for him or her self because they deserve to be free of the evil they were victimized with. The poem “Rooms” by Paula Camacho and the poem “Ghazal: Forgive and Forget” by Ellen Pickus both question if it is possible to forgive on either a general or personal level and maybe not achieving but moving toward forgiveness.
The poem “Rooms by Paula Camacho is about questioning if a group of people are able to forgive. The speaker of the poem is inferred to be the mother of an adolescent boy. She describes an article in the New York times called “The Shrine Down the Hall” that shows the pictures of nine soldier’s rooms back home. She compares their rooms to her own son’s room and only finds one that comes close to resembling it. She wonders if the mothers of these boys are able to walk into these empty rooms and forgive the war that killed her son.
In the poem the speaker uses many literary anomalies to question forgiveness through the poem. She says that “any of [the rooms] could be her son’s/ except they are all neat and clean” (Camacho 3/4). But she picks one of the nine rooms and says that Corporal Christopher G. Scherer’s room could most be relatable. The room has posters everywhere, a lacrosse pillow, and many baseball caps—just as her son’s room does. This shows that the speaker is trying to imagine if her son’s room was one of these nine in the article. The relation of the two rooms is in way of her openly questioning “what if” it were her son that had gone to war and had been killed. A simile is used as the speaker describes a globe in the boy’s room. She states that it is “round and peaceful unlike the real one” (Camacho 16). With this simile she compares the perfectly round and untroubled globe to the flawed and distressed Earth. She the questions if a mother is able to walk into her deceased son’s room, turn the globe to Iraq, and forgive the war that took the life of her son. At the end of the poem, the speaker lists the name of each of the the nine soldier’s rooms that are now left as “shrines” for their depressed mothers to retreat to. Listing each name reinforces the depth of her questioning if the mothers can forgive. It helps bring reality into the...