"A Martian Sends a Postcard Home" and Other Poems

What is the meaning of the first stanza in the poem of A Martian Send a Postcard Home?

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As the title indicates, this poem is written from the perspective of a Martian that visits Earth. In the poem, the Martian tries to explain the phenomena it sees on Earth, such as books, toilets, and rain, all discussed in a postcard home to its planet. However, due to the Martian's unfamiliarity with these concepts, they are presented in a strange way that makes them seem exotic and puzzling.