Poetry has no right or wrong answers, I'm kind of aware of that saying, but is there a deeper meaning behind this poem? What is he saying besides the obvious? I mean, is this an extended metaphor? We came across this poem as well as some others a few months ago and this still puzzles me when I think of it. The opening line is the most significant, but I don't know. My teacher said that his intention was not to make the reader think ambiguously, but being me-I had to question that. How do you know? (I think I insulted her by that. If I were to ask you, would you be lol?) I guess she thought I was questioning her intelligence but really her knowledge. :shrugs on that: Am I making sense to anyone who is reading this?