After reading this poem there are a few things that I noticed that I would like to point out. First of all who is this man watching the housewife? Do we get the sense that he is an ex lover?
Secondly, I would like the reference the barriers that are talked about in this poem. In the first stanza the woman is “behind/the wooden walls of her husband’s house.” If we do take the lens that this is an ex lover writing the poem this barrier could be seen in several ways. It would be the literal walls of the house, but also the barriers that her husband creates between the housewife and the speaker. In the second stanza we see the housewife come to the curb. Could this curb also be seen as a barrier between her and the speaker? If so, then it is very different than that of the walls. One cannot walk through a wall, but one can step over a curb. Again through the lens that there is a romantic connection between the housewife and the speaker, while the woman is in her husband house, she is prevented from going to the speaker, however at the curb there is a sort of danger in the fact all she has to do is step over the curb to see the man watching her. Thoughts??
My closing point that I would like to make is about the leaf that is present throughout the poem. In the 2nd stanza that housewife is compared to a fallen leaf. But in the next stanza the speaker talks about running over dried leaves and smiling. Do you think there is any significance to the reappearance of the leaves? What type of commentary could this be making on the relationship between the speaker and the housewife?