The poem that I chose was mainly about a person who is talking about what he or she is experiencing with these children in Cambodia. Each child is offering this person a gift to buy and they are trying to decide what to pick. Each child has something to offer even if it is something small and very inexpensive. But the person is having a hard time picking what to buy because they do not want to hurt the kid’s feelings. Also, she wants to help out those families because they all look very poor and they really want this person to purchase something so that they can earn money.
Some details that are used in this poem that helped with the imagery are things such as the way the tourist said that the kids have smiles on their faces and that kids were described in a way that helped me to imagine what they looked like. It says that the first child smiled with adorable eyes, and that since there are so many kids at the market, I can picture that there is a big crowd trying to sell their things to this tourist.
Some examples of the syntax were things like “All of the sudden with children around me, beautiful garments embroidered with love.” This sentence flows very well and has a good contrast to each other while still making sense. For most of the poem, each section was written in a way that made it flow and sound good together. The poem also did a good job at having things rhyme.
I think the theme of this poem was to show how these small children had to work to earn their living and how sad it made this tourist feel. These children were very young and working hard. Even though they were small, they could not really enjoy the fun of being kids. The fact that they had to help out their families was really astonishing to the tourist, and it really opens your eyes to what goes on around the world.
Some of the cultural items that I noticed in the story were things like the kids helping out with their family. I learned that many of the children help out with their families income. Other than that, it was just very sad and made me feel like my eyes were opened to what kids in Cambodia sometimes have to go through at such a young age.