He Had Such Quiet Eyes by Bibsy Soenharjo
He had such quiet eyes
She did not realise
They were two pools of lies
Layered with thinnest ice
To her, those wuiet eyes
Were breathing desolate sighs
Imploring her to be nice
And to render him paradise
If only she’d been wise
And had listened to the advice
Never to compromise
With pleasure-seeking guys
She’d be free from ‘the hows and whys’
Now here’s a bit of advice
Be sure that nice really nice
Then you’ll never be losing at dice
Though you lose your heart once or twice
This poem is about a lady who falls in love with the wrong man. She is fascinated with his eyes that seem to lure her to give him paradise. The man has a pair of quiet eyes that she does not realise they are not that quiet. As she is ‘charmed’ by the eyes, she does not listen to the advice given by other people who are concerned with her behaviour. In the end, she realises her mistakes and is broken hearted.
- Betrayal of love
- Personal experiences
- Relationships that are meaningful
- Don’t be naive and believe everything we are told especially in matters of the heart.
- Be wise when choosing friends.
- Falling in love is normal but one should be careful.
- We must learn from the experience of other people.
- We should be very careful not to give in our principle in order to please other people.
TONE, MOOD, ATMOSPHERE
- Sad and happy
POINT OF VIEW
- Second and third person points of view
LANGUAGE & STYLE
- Simple and easy to understand
- Simple style with rhyming scheme
MEANING OF WORDS
- sighs – long, deep audible breaths
- eyes – a pair of organs of sight
- advice – guidance
- desolate – unhappy and uninhabited
- pleasure-seeking – looking for a feeling of happy satisfaction
- dice – a small cube with each side having a different number ranging from 1 to 6
- layered – arranged in layers
- lies – intentional false statements
- realise – become aware
- compromise – agree
- paradise – heaven
- render – provide or give help
- imploring – begging desperately
- wise – having knowledge and good judgement