"Thief by Alice Major

You have made the others in this house
more careful. Locks drilled
-------In doors. Boards nailed
to basement windows.
-------The cats *** cautious ears
at the covert crumble of leves
------ in the outer dark.

You pawed the intimate clinging
confusion of drawers. Your breath
mingled with the potpourri that scents
my shelves. All the time, your face
in shadow. Your hands, hasty, random
stupid for what they take
------and what they leave behind.

But you will not make me take
precautions. I know your face too well.
You are the thief who, one day, will
-------seize all
that I hold precious. You will come
again, lock-breaker, thug with thick fingers.
No care that I can take, no shutter
on my heart, can keep you out. I know
the scythe-curve of your shadow
-------on the wall."

* The ------ means blank spaces. The spacings are supposed to have a reason why they are spaced out, so if u got an idea plz tell me .

OK ... Wat do YOU thing the poem's meaning is??

WHat i think so far is that the writer is talking about someone that she's in love with and that person cheated on her before, and now she's afraid that her lover will cheat again, yet there's nothing she can do about it because she's in love with him. "No care that I can take, no shutter
on my heart, can keep you out"

By the line "Your hands hasty, random, stupid for what they take and what they leave behind" ...i think it means that she thinks she's better than the other woman her lover cheated on her with.

If you find any metaphors, personification or anythin else PLEASE let me knowEmotion: wink

Btw..i got all the alliteration and stuff...
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A marvellous poem! And a sad one...
I'd rather say it's about an accident or death, or about whatever danger you can't protect yourself against, all the epithets in the poem seem to describe it. "Thug with thick fingers" and "skythe-curve" - the most vivid images, and there're some others, e.g. hasty, random, stupid hands, lock-breaker. The whole poem is metaphoric, and the image of a thief is a personification. If it's a lover, then it should be at least Hannibal LectorEmotion: wink
I think it's about death...Because there's all kinds of things she says that hint it.

btw... What does the "Thug with thick fingers" supposed to mean...? Is it literaly what she says, the real meaning or is it a personification?
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In my opinion it's a personification, the meaning is that this implied danger is like a killer with thick strong fingers, which will defeat you inevitably... That's my impression.
The poem is about death, and the big clue is in these lines:

"I know
the scythe-curve of your shadow
-------on the wall."
This is the traditional image of Death as the Grim Reaper.

The imagery is outstanding, as she describes a thief in the dead of night rummaging through all her intimate personal possessions, and one can feel the sense of violation.
"Thug with thick fingers" is an example of alliteration, and adds to the musical sound of the poem.
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At first instance it looks like she is taking about herself, or her shadow... But no. It is about DEATH. See the lines...

You are the thief who, one day, will
-------seize all
that I hold precious.

what she holds precious is 'Life'. She probably suffers from heart desease and has gone till the door of death but survived and that's why she says you will come 'again'.That is the reason, she knows his 'face'.And so the others are cautious too.

It is a beautiful poem personifying Death.
The poem is about a lady that got raped and is talking about how she will not change her life because of what he has done to her, even though others have takin percautions against him.

This part here is how you know she got raped...

"You pawed the intimate clinging
confusion of drawers. Your breath
mingled with the potpourri that scents
my shelves"


The first sentence says how he has violated her and the second is how he still lingers in her head. How he has touched everything around her.
AnonymousThe poem is about a lady that got raped and is talking about how she will not change her life because of what he has done to her, even though others have takin percautions against him.

This part here is how you know she got raped...

"You pawed the intimate clinging
confusion of drawers. Your breath
mingled with the potpourri that scents
my shelves"


The first sentence says how he has violated her and the second is how he still lingers in her head. How he has touched everything around her.

I think "drawers" refers to furniture, rather than undergarments.

MrP
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