reading and couple questions

read and respond to two works that are not part of our Fiction Unit by that are relevant to our current situation. Please read the essay by Udonis Haslem titled The Real Miami and the poem Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda that I’ve copied below. Share your thoughts on both works based on what you now know about poetry and what you learned about personal essays in ENG 101. Please also include how these works relate your understanding of this pandemic.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Here is the link for The Real Miami:

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/udonis-haslem-nba-covid-the-real-miami?fbclid=IwAR0h6OCaWW33WyTpqtCjzCUyfU9OmrQscBaWsyt3NR2dAJnpGd9yF8fzjBM

And here is the Neruda poem:

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth
let’s not speak in any language,
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines,
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victory with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.
~ Pablo Neruda