Common Ground by Judith Ortiz Cofer, Mending Wall by Robert Frost, Slam, Dunk, & Hook by Yusef Komunyakaa and The Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, by Peter-Hans Kolvenbach all contribute to a common theme in their stories that I noticed while reading them. This theme is the equality given amongst each human. Albeit all the poems and speech have a different story, they all connect through the theme and meaning.
Common Ground, by Judth Ortiz Cofer, is a poem articulated by the inner feeling of a girl, the speaker. As the speaker looks into the mirror, she enthusiastically shows her emotions on what she views from her perspective. “These days, when I look into the mirror I see my grandmother’s stern lips speaking in parentheses at the corners of my mouth…”She describes her physical appearance and transmits it to her family members with disgust. “Bones speak in the language of death” is the line that shines the theme of equality because it describes how everyone will eventually decay.
Mending Wall, by Rober Frost, is an appealing poem to read about two neighbors that do not have a close relationship, but collaborate when they reconstruct the wall each year. In the poem the speaker and his neighbor do not notice that they are equally in the same situation; both uncomfortable talking and living next to each other. "Good fences make good neighbors." This line really stands out because yes, the speaker’s neighbor might not like to communicate as much but that does not mean that he does not like the speaker as his neighbor, it is just his personality. This means that the neighbor might be am introverted person who wants privacy and is very quiet. Both being stuck in the same situation deal the problem differently.
In Komunyakaa's, Slam, Dunk & Hook, the speaker articulates his passion for basketball through this poem. This poem proclaims how determination is significant. You need to attempt your best to get the best. Isn’t that what life is about? Everyone has the equality to have the authority of determination and fulfilling to his or her best ability. “He played nonstop all day, so hard Our backboard splintered.” This demonstrates how equality is looked upon in a different perspective of having determination.
The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Eduation, by Peter-Hans Kolvenbach's, is a speech articulated to show the justice of a Jesuit obligation. This speech states on how he is very devoted to his work and his action. He has a passion to assist people in the world and helps people embrace themselves. He feels unconquerable with the action of doing what he loves. He is so dedicated, which is a given power from equality. Throughout the speech I got inspired from the statements that he never gave up on what he thought was correct.