Poetry topic idea: significance

Today’s poetry topic idea is significance.  Significance can mean and be applied to many things (which may be explored at some time in latter posts) but for this post, it has a very specific meaning.

Think about seeing a commercial or some other advertisement for a charity.  It could be for any number of things: a disease, a hospital, flood relief, something for refuges, etc.

Presumably, for most people, when these things are seen, if there isn’t a personal connection, there is not a great deal of significance felt.  There may be feelings of sympathy and empathy, but generally, there isn’t an action.  The advertisement is seen, there is some emotion, but then it is forgotten.  Because whatever the charity is for isn’t something that is experienced personally, the advertisement may have little personal significance.

But what happens when things change?  What happens, when someone you love, or you yourself, experience something a charity is for?  What happens when your house is flooded?  What happens when your relative is diagnosed with a disease?  How do those advertisements seem in retrospect?  How do they seem going forward?  All of a sudden, the significance is different.  When that commercial, instead of talking about a disease, talks about a disease your mother has, it is completely different.

This idea is the poetry topic idea for today: the idea of the significance of what a charity is for, changing because of a personal experience.  If you haven’t been touched by something a charity is for, simply think about what it would be like for some specific cause, and then write a poem about how the advertisement might be viewed differently.  If you have been touched by something a charity is for, write a poem about how the significance of it has changed.

In addition to writing poetry about this, M. Sakran would also like readers to take action.  Find a charity that you like and trust, that supports something that either has become important to you, or, something that you could imagine being important to you.  Then send them a donation.  It is amazing how much support a person can want and need when faced with something difficult (like something a charity might support).  A donation you send can help people you don’t know, can help people you do know, and may one day help you or someone close to you.  When you are sitting in that chair, and you feel distress, and someone comes to you with even the smallest bit of help, that help came from somewhere.  Help someone now, with the hope that, if you need it someday, someone will feel the impetus to help you.