The narrative starts by identifying a father-son relationship problem. The narrator has a problem that he is raising a child that is not his biological son. The author creates the conflict that the narrator and his girlfriend met when she was pregnant but still they felt affection that grew into love. The narrator asserts that people think of him being foolish by marrying a girl pregnant by another man. The author creates further conflict at the end by the information that a father who was not his biological father raised the narrator. The author resolves the conflict by the narrator saying that all that work is necessary as long as it pertains to saving a creature. A person who raises a child that is not his biologically may feel pain at first but the pain soon disappears after accepting the child after becomes a great person.
The poem follows a first person point of view. The narrator tells about his encounter of raising a child that was not his biologically. The narrator also tells of how a man who is not his biological father raised him. Throughout the poem, the narrator talks about himself only and his encounters. The narrator says about his meeting with his girlfriend and his feelings towards the girlfriend’s child.
The poem maintains a pitiful tone. The narrator attracts pity when he says that he married a girl pregnant by another man. The ready of the poem pities the child the narrator is raising, as it seems that the mother of the child is not with the child.
The poem uses the symbol of a little child to reflect on the sufferings of children when left. The narrator says that he will remember the small and holy mouth of the speechless baby. The symbol aims at creating a pitiful emotion to the readers and discourages neglect of children.
The narrator appreciates that a man who is not his biological father raised him. The narrator does not wish that anyone would talk about the man that raised him not being his biological father. The narrator says that when anyone is telling about his story, he should say that he was born in the year that his mother met the foster father.
The narrator thinks that anyone would think that he is a fool by raising a child that is not his. The narrator wishes that the child that he is raising were his. However, the narrator comforts himself by saying that saving a soul, which he was doing by raising the child is getting closer to God.