when i first read this poem in class i thought it was about abuse... and so did alot of other people. but when we really analyzed the poem and took time ti think about it; it came clear to me that it wasnt really about abuse. it was basically just about a father and son doing the waltz. this poem had me thinking as to what it really meant. this poem showed me how a poem can be about one thing and when you read it; you think it is about a whole other thing, until you really observe it.