‘an afternoon nap’ by Arthur Yap explores the lacunae in the modern education system and how it results in anxiety and stress in students.
The terror of the tiger mother lingers throughout Yap's poem right from the very first lines.
the ambitious mother across the road
is at it again. proclaming her goodness
she beats the boy. shouting out his wrongs, with raps
she begins with his mediocre report-book grades.
‘I have never seen “Volcanoes”’ by Emily Dickinson is a clever, complex poem that compares humans and their emotions to a volcano’s eruptive power.
The descriptions of the destructive power of erupting volcanoes is enough to inspire terror in the narrator and the readers too.
I have never seen "Volcanoes"—
But, when Travellers tell
How those old – phlegmatic mountains
Usually so still –
‘She Had Some Horses’ by Joy Harjo illustrates the plurality of differences among people.
The poem offers images that inspire feelings of fear and terror, of horses (i.e. people) who have been mistreated, abused, and ostracisized.
She had some horses.
She had horses who were bodies of sand.
She had horses who were maps drawn of blood.
She had horses who were skins of ocean water.