-- by Jolanta Lapiak, 2009.
The Zen-like poem Moon in my Bedroom, originated in ASL, was inspired by and based on my real life experience one night in my bedroom.
Because this poem originated in ASL, I chose not to translate it into a poem in English. Instead, I will describe the poem in prose.
In a pitch dark bedroom at night, I lay down on my bed on the left side of the bedroom. With closed eyes, I tossed and turned gently for a while. As I tossed and turned, I felt something unusually not dark enough in the room. A light spot had kept on shining somewhere in the rear. As my eyes opened, I saw something. Oh my! It's a full moon right in front of me in this bedroom! The little full moon floated still and shone brightly into my eyes. I kneeled up on my knees and gazed at the full moon. The moon shone brightly on the floor mirror surface which reflected the full moon through the window behind me.
From which perspective does a signer describe a scene, a direction on a map, or such? It is the signer's perspective. The viewer or listener would reverse the image. In this poem Moon in my Bedroom, the poet describes the setting from the signer's perspective. Compare the perspective of the signer and the illustration below.
The female figure in the bedroom is an imaginary figure of the signer's perspective.
The Star Arrow: ASL poetry.