1. GCE NA Level 6 October 2010 Literature In English
9. Read this poem carefully, and then answer the questions that follow it:
End of Shift
The day has been too long.
I leave the building
Looming large and white
Like a twenty-four hour termite queen
Still churning in her bowels.
I’m glad to show her my tired back
And if I were able to, would’ve
Enjoyed doing something
Rude in her face.
But I only have spirit enough
To get me to the last
It takes forever
But it arrives growling.
I mumble my fare to the driver
In Mandarin (I am a loyal citizen)
Evoking a few tired smiles from
A few who can still work their faces –
I hadn’t noticed the driver’s Indian.
He thinks I’m being funny
And jerks the bus to life
Throwing me scowling into
The dead innards of the
Comfort is a state of collapsed inertia
With the wind blowing away the day
From my mind.
The bus hurtles in the dark.
Is a concept alien as work to me right now.
The bus hurtles in the dark
And the wind mercifully blows the day
Away from my mind.
(by Desmond Sim)
(i) What are the poet’s feelings as he travels home?
2. GCE NA Level 6 October 2010 Literature In English
(ii) How does the poet vividly convey his thoughts and feelings to you? Support
your answer by close reference to the poem.