These are the themes of the poem In The Midst of Hardship
1. Facing adversity/hardship with optimism
The poem highlights the hardship the family goes through during a flood. They remain positive and cheerful despite the difficulties they are experiencing. None of them showed any sign of despair. They laugh and talk to each other as they smoke.
2. Consequences of a Flood on Flood Victims
The poem portrays a clear picture of the effects of a flood. They brave the water although they have scratches and wounds on their limbs. The family sustained the pain during the flood.