This poem is very well written. It was submitted in 2003 (11 years ago) , so I wonder if Erin Belieu feels the same way more than a decade later.... We humans are multifaceted - oceans, for sure - and the sunlight bounces off the surface, and it also penetrates the surface to an extent. This poem is a vivid study of our iniquities. Has Ms. Belieu answered her poem with a study of our strengths? I hope so, because she's a skilled poet.
Good poem. You see the opposite side of children than I do.
When I write it is of their innocence, beauty, love of life that
I capture in a poem. Thank you for letting me face the side
of them that you see. Feel free to read my poems if you like.