Loss and Absence
Effects of Conflict
'graze my nose'
Sense of touch
Show show the mother longs for the closeness she had with her son when he was small
Emphasises the distance between them now
'i was brave'
The mother asserting her bravery
Subverts the idea that only those who go off to war are brave
Images of being wounded
Shows she is emotionally wounded
Strong visual image
Shows something small and beautiful in a vast space- her son
Hints at lack of control- son's giving up control of his life by joining the army