The fist word in stanza two is 'we,' this shows us straight away that there is more than one person. The whole of the first line in stanza two, is anti-climactic from stanza one. It also portrays the killing of the goat as being normal. It's quite strange, as every time you build a house you don't sacrifice an animal.
The lexical set of 'brief prayer' tells us that the 'prayer' is a formality, and they would rather get it over with quickly. The lexical choice of 'dwell' gives the impression, of it being written about fifty, to a hundred years ago, as it is an old English word.
The people who are sacrificing the animal, are shown to be very holy as not only have they said they wish for the people who are to live in this 'house to be blessed.' The lexical set of 'tight circle' shows that they don't want to be seen and it almost makes it more sinister and wrong. They're hiding the goat from people, no one really thinks what they are doing is completely right, and they don't want people to see.
The goats facial expressions, almost makes him human, it doesn't understand what is about to happen, the goats just waiting to see. The lexical choice 'sun', shows us that it is in the day. The last line is ambiguous, we don't know if it is the goat speaking or if it is the killer. The fact that he can smell the blood because of the heat shows us that it is likely to be in the summer.
In stanza three, the knife has to be with this one person, it's 'necessary'. The lexical choice of 'necessary' gives the impression that the house is either going to be his, or he is of higher holy standing. The lexical choice of 'ritual' makes me feel that the house isn't his but he is the leader of their tribe. The lexical choice of 'him' shows that the person killing is a man. The knife is sharp which makes the cut easy.
The lexical choice of 'movement' describes the action as being normal, nothing out of the ordinary. The man is obviously nervous as he's unsteady. He might be nervous because there are a group of people watching him. The poet then says that it's 'his first butchering'. The lexical choice of 'butchering', shows us that it's not kind. The last line in stanza three, reads 'four calloused hands imprison my jerking legs.' The lexical choice of 'calloused' already shows that the person is unsympathetic. The person, isn't really worried about what they are doing. To 'imprison my' shows that the goat is speaking, and can feel the pain that the knife has caused, it's also kicking ('jerking') showing that it wants to get away. Taking the voice of the goat is disturbing as it is very sinister.
In stanza four we are told that the people that are watching are children. They are enjoying the graphic sight that they have waited for. They are blood firstly as they 'watch in satisfaction the blood flow', for a child to see the slow killing of an animal is wrong, but it is worse as they are enjoying it. It takes a certain kind of poet to be able to show the depths of a person's mental disturbance in his lines of poetry however Taufiq Rafat does this extremely well. Speed plays a part in the way they are sacrificing the goat, they know they shouldn't be doing it that is why everything is rushed.
In the first two lines and a half, it's ambiguous, for the next sentence we are shown, that it's definitely the goat speaking. 'A white-bearded' this is the first actual description throughout the whole poem, it tells us that the person is quite old, and is a white male. Religion is again brought into the poem, as he chants something. The man is also feeble, he is either exhausted, or not a strong person. The ground is also described as 'virgin ground,' this metaphor is a good way of showing the ground is untouched. The end of stanza four is confusing, 'cameras click'. We don't know whether the cameras are from the people or watching, or the press.
Stanza five is the shortest stanza of them all, only two lines long. The last stanza takes away what we've learnt about why they aren't laying foundations of a friends house but of a Dachaus, which is a German concentration camp. The poet uses irony, 'everything is blessed' which is usually associated with things good, but we find out their for a Dachau, which is the complete opposite.
The poem is confusing in parts as it's not in chronological order, the first stanza describes the knifes movement, but stanza three describes the movement of the man slitting the goats throat. It's written in a way which makes me feel that he's had a connection with the war as it's written in quite an old way and it gives me the feeling that he wants to tell of how bad the German concentration camps were, that they would kill something for no reason.