* Peter Skrzynecki doesn’t understand the culture of the school.
His lack of clarity is shown through his misunderstanding of the school sculpture of “Our Lady”.
The poet explains how the thought the motto was a “brand of soap”.
This shows his chosen ignorance towards the schools culture.
Stability is created in the second stanza through the concept of daily routine and culture.
The poet mentions various plants which are of European descent such as roses, camellias,...
The lines ‘Hid the key / under a rusty bucket’ implies the belief that Mary Street is a safe and secure neighbourhood where residents feel confident enough to hide objects in noticeable locations.
This in itself is a perception of covert belonging as to belonging is established through the belief of security among the members of Mary street.
* “I stuck pine needles into the motto” is a act of rebellion which depicts his lack of willingness to come to terms with the schools culture.
Thus creating a barrier between him and the school.