At first glance, the reader may think that the speaker is primarily concerned with a child’s death. But a closer reading reveals that the speaker is extremely self-centered. The speaker immediately focuses on himself in the poem, rather than describing the “child” or group of people he is mourning. He is more concerned with his own response to death, rather than the sadness that accompanies death, and the person or persons that have died. In line seven, the speaker says, “And I must enter again the round/ Zion of the water bead/ And the synagogue of the ear of corn” (LL 7-9). The speaker is resorting to his religious beliefs to find comfort. He refers to a synagogue as a “water bead,” which could represent a bubble of escape. The speaker finds comfort in this bubble because it gives him meaning regarding death, and it shields him from the unknown. He stuck in his own little world, unable to comprehend this death. But then, he says, “Or sow my salt seed / In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn / (LL 11-12). This is an interesting shift in tone because the first nine lines of the poem portray the speaker as somewhat religious and optimistic. Now the speaker seems angry. Line twelve, “least valley of sackcloth to mourn” seems to show his lack of confidence in his religion (L 12). He is saying that he will not sow his seed in the valley of remorse, meaning that he is not going to dwell on this singular death. He will not subject himself to mourn.