Taco + coma = Tacome

What exactly is a “tacoma?” Firstly, it is a noun that is used to describe the sleepy feeling one gets after gorging on tacos.

Some sentences of tacoma in a sentence:

“Man, looks like Eugene is in a tacoma.”

“Dude, I’m going to be in a tacoma after breakfast today.”



Orange and Yellow

Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow

rothko orange-and-yellow

What do you think of when you see this painting?

A big slab of orange and yellow?

A big waste?

A big block of color?

No matter what you see though, it’s correct. I think that paintings’ value lie in the eye of the beholder. What I see though is a mixture of colors. Also I note how the edges of the square are blended together. This painting lacks a defined structure. A quick Google search yields some information about the style of the painting. Specifically, this painting is classified as abstract. In fact, the search presented some information about the painter like his other works. What I was most surprised by was the other similar paintings he had like Orange and Blue. This obviously indicates some sort of story behind these paitings.

Perhaps Rothko was a struggling artist and needed to make some quick cash. He gave into his need for basic resources and abandoned his pride as an artist to create essentially blocks of color. From there some Avante Garde buyers wanted to have some unique art for their new studio. As a result, they quickly paid Rothko for his work. Rothko sensing an opportunity for profit began a mass chain of these paintings and has become a mogul of the abstract art field. Or perhaps not. This is just what I think the story could be.

Creative Muscles are flexing

After spending a few days in upstate New York, I board a train to reach the city and catch a flight back home.

“Give me the box!”  a woman yells from behind my seat.

“Only if you give me the map!” shouts a deeper voice. More unintelligible sounds follow suit. Unfortunately, my nosy nature leads me to perform the “bend-down-to-tie-my-shoelaces-but-I’m-really scoping-out-my-surroundings-maneuver.” I quickly discover the source of all the unintelligible barking (and my entertainment) is a young man, who seems to be in his early twenties and an older woman, who is appears to be in her early sixties. The man seemed to be tightly holding a box to his chest. On the other hand, the woman was furiously rotating a map around in a steering wheel-like fashion. What.

“When the divorce papers come through that box is mine, so you might as well give it up now !” the woman bellows.

“This box is mine!” the man responds “the law can’t help you take what isn’t yours.” As expected more shouting soon follows. They don’t seem to notice my occasional glances, and the fact that I had been tying my laces for the past ten minutes. I use this opportunity to listen in more on their epic battle.

“As soon as, I figure out how this subway map works, everything you currently own and will own shall be mine!” a shrill voice declares. Unfortunately for them and me, one of the train conductors approaches them and asks them to quiet down for the sake of the other passengers (its unfortunate for me because they are my entertainment source). As I expected the couple or soon to be divorcees are still going at it harder than before. Despite the pleading of the conductor, both ignore his presence. Soon my entertainment is escorted off the train. As the train leaves the station, I can still hear and see the couple yelling. The man throws the box and the woman, so she pushes him off the platform and onto the train rails.



After initially reading and studying the title, I found interesting things about both of the poems. In “When I Have Fears,” by John Keats, he writes about dying young, and a concern over doing so. The speaker is afraid to die young, before doing everything that he wants and before getting everything out of his brain that he can. Moreover, he is concerned that he will be forgotten and die before he has a chance to actually do something with his life. Some initial devices that struck out to me where rhyme scheme, alliteration and metaphors. Similarly, the second poem “Mezzo Cammin,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow discusses life. The speaker feels pain about not doing all that he would have liked to do in his youth. However, he also feels hopeful about the future and what he will be able to accomplish. He knows that death is the only thing certain about his future.

The big question is what are the poems situations and circumstances, with also comparing and contrasting the two poems together. The first poem answers it by his situation being wanting to get everything done he wants to before dying. The second poems situation is someone who has regrets about his past, yet hope for the future and certainty in death. Devices for Keats poem are rhyme scheme, imagery, alliteration and metaphors. Some examples of imagery in the poem are “hadows with the magic hand of chance” and “Of the wide world I stand alone.” Devices for Longfellow’s poem are rhyme scheme, imagery, metaphor, and symbolism. On symbol is at the end of the poem when Longfellow talks about autumn, which is a symbol for ending of life and the end of ones journey. For my essay, I would spend one paragraph talking about imagery and the second paragraph talking about symbols.

Thesis Statement:

In “When I Have Fears,” by John Keats, the speakers situation is one of fearing death and wanting to accomplish everything they can before dying while in “Mezzo Cammin” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow the speakers situation is one of regret regarding his youth but hope regarding the future.

Topic Sentence #1:In both poems, Keats and Longfellow apply imagery in order to convey their respective situations.

detail 1: “When I have Fears”:”hadows with the magic hand of chance” and “Of the wide world I stand alone”

detail 2: “Mezzo Cammin”: “half of my life is gone, and I have let the years slip from me” and “with smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights”

Topic Sentence #2: Additionally, in the Keats and Longfellow poems both authors use symbols in order to enhance the speakers situations.