Talking to the Sun

March 16, 2008

In Frank O’Hara’s poem ” A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island,” the sun was talking to O’Hara about the idea of “keeping going” even if people are going to complain

“Just keep on like I do and pay no attention. You’ll find that people always will complain about the atmosphere, either too hot or too cold too bright or too dark, days too short or too long. If you don’t appear at all one day they think you’re lazy

or dead. Just keep right on, I like it. “

i think in this poem O’Hara was trying to tell us to keep living our lives and doing what makes us happy even if it won’t necessarily please everyone around you. it really hit me with the idea that i’m trying to choose what college im going to be attending, and whats important about my decision is that i’m happy, and nobody else. so i will weight out the options, and try to figure out which one will result in me being the happiest.  but a lot of the tim its hard to try to only think about yourself, because everyone is constantly trying to please as many people as possible, its human nature.  but what o’hara is trying to say is to make an attempt to please you, even if not everyone is going to like it.

“And now that you are making your own days, so to speak, even if no one reads you but me you won’t be depressed. Not everyone can look up, even at me. It

hurts their eyes.”

even if it wont please everyone, as long as you make decisions that please yourself, you wont be depressed. thats whats important in making decisions in your life, making yourself happy.

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