This piece represents two different aspects of life--one that is more superficial and one that is much more meaningful. Though the author had these two associations in mind at the time of composition, the poem can be interpreted in many ways depending on the reader's experiences and perspective. To some, the poem simply describes a man at the park; to others, the man may represent a father figure or a significant other.
"On the Wrong Side,"
First-Gen Voices: Creative and Critical Narratives on the First-Generation College Experience:
1, Article 14.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/fgv/vol3/iss1/14