by Garrett Hongo
"AND I FEEL SO DISTINCT / FROM THE WOUNDED MAN LYING ON THE CONCRETE / I AM ASHAMED."
The Weaver Girl
The "weaver girl" that is being referenced in the last stanza of the poem is referring to an Asian legend: The Legend of the Cowherd and Weaver Girl. This legend tells the story of how a weaver girl and a cowherd are star-crossed lovers who may only meet once a year while crossing the bridge of heaven.
So, the lines about the "weaver girl" in the poem can now be analyzed. Maybe the dead man is the cowherd that was originally in the Asian legend. The poem does state that the weaver girl crosses "the bridge of heaven," which is the same bridge that the cowherd and weaver girl originally meet on in the legend. Or maybe the weaver girl is carrying the dead man to heaven with her so that he can join her in the stars, because even after death, life can still be enjoyed. It is not very clear what the exact meaning of these few lines are, however based on the background information from the Asian legend, there can definitely be interpretations from these lines.
This legend can be read more about here: The Legend of the Cowherd and Weaver Girl
The poem also touches on the fact that this man who died is invisible to everyone else. The only time he is acknowledged is at the moment of his death, and even then, no one rushes to his aid. He is still invisible during his dying moments because no one can understand his words; "...people surround him / bewildered at his speech. / The noises he makes are nothing to them."