The author made it blatantly obvious right at the beginning of the poem that the speaker is both a women and is a child. Although it is later revealed that the speaker is an adult, she is speaking from her past. It is evident that the speaker is speaking from her childhood through her syntax in the first few lines. She uses mostly short sentences and statements. These are also generally observational, another sign that the speaker at this point is a child. However, we soon see a shift in the speakers identity as she goes from her memory to her current adulthood. She begins to reminisce about the event and talk about its importance. This transition is evident in her change in diction. The speaker suddenly begins to speak more eloquently and uses far more complex thoughts and ideas, as evidenced in the "cold platitude" and the "running" in the last few lines.
here is a reading of the poem by the author! In addition there is an interview with her about her inspiration for the poem. Enjoy!