Rose Justice, the main character of Rose Under Fire, writes several poems that appear in various places in the book. This is the second verse of Kite-Flying:
Hope waits stubbornly,
watching the sky
for turmoil, feeding on
things that fly:
crows, ashes, newspapers,
dry leaves in flight
all suggest wind
that could lift a kite.
In the section starting "April 30, 1945/Paris"
Is there some symbolic significance to the specific items listed? I highly doubt they are random. This poem comes up twice in the book, both important times. But I'm unsure what connection "crows, ashes, newspapers" and "dry leaves in flight" have to each other. Or how they're connected hope and what it takes to sustain hope (a major theme of the poem).
Why these specific "things that fly" in "Kite-Flying"?