Since today was somewhat dreary, I decided to analyze a Matthea Harvey poem which I feel mirrors the pessimism many feel on such days. This poem is entitled, “Do You Understand,” and despite its brevity, it is able to convey a deep sense of loss. The poem uses the title as the first line, and then follows with describing that there will be no rainbow over the land. I feel this is Harvey stating that perhaps things in the future will not get better, and there will not be a rainbow to signal the passage of the storm. Albeit a troubling thought, the sentiment would hold true with the motif throughout Harvey’s latest collection Modern Life, as it frequently views the future through a less than flattering lens. Although the poem is not online, I would like to once again recommend Harvey’s collection of poetry, Modern Life.