here’s the problem,
there’s that over there,
and there’s this one,
and that one,
that want to be over there.
And there you are,
with whatever it is you have,
and you have to pick:
or that one?
The thing is,
and here’s that problem part,
you don’t agree with this one,
and you don’t agree with that one.
and it’s not little things,
something, something and something,
no it’s big things,
with this one,
it’s this, this and this,
and with that one,
it’s that, that and that.
a lot of this’s,
and a lot of that’s,
so what to do?
Do you pick this one,
or do you pick that one?
there’s either this’s or that’s.
Do you pick neither?
An empty void,
as stars flee,
and sound escapes,
too much melodrama,
do you pick neither?
So what to do?
Do you pick this one,
or that one,
or no one?
If only there were,
This poem is about voting. It examines a problem voters can have when trying to decide between two candidates in a race: What if you don’t agree with either of them? What do you do?
The first stanza, starts to lay out the situation. There’s a political office to be filled and there are two candidates for the race.
The next stanza imagines the voter in the voting booth having to decide between two candidates in the race.
The third stanza says the problem: you don’t agree with either of the candidates on issues.
The fourth stanza expands the disagreement. It basically says that you disagree with both candidates on important issues, not just little things.
The fifth stanza says that you have lots of issues where you disagree with both candidates.
The next stanza, then proposes the question: which candidate do you pick?
After that, in the next stanza, it states a problem with picking either one, namely, you will be voting for a person with whom you disagree with on many issues.
The eighth stanza, proposes a solution: vote for neither and leave that spot blank. The stanza goes on to dramatize the idea of not picking a candidate, and then questions if this can really be a solution.
The ninth stanza asks the question: who do you pick? Either candidate, or neither candidate?
The tenth stanza then states the hope that if only there were a candidate you agreed with.
This poem takes a slightly silly and obscured approach to examining a problem people face. What do you when you disagree with both candidates for a political office? Do you pick one of them, and end up voting for someone you don’t agree with, or do you not vote for either, and lose your vote in that race? The poem does not give an answer (sorry).
In terms of form, one aspect is the repetition of the words this and that. The idea was to provide a sense of generalization. This poem is not about specific candidates, races or issues, it’s just about the idea of a problem that can occur when voting.
Another aspect of form, is the inclusion of the idea of you. This poem is written to the reader, as opposed to something that is written just for the reader to read.
The poem has ten stanzas. Although that count was not intentional, it does add a form aspect to the poem.
The last two stanzas, have a repeat of the word or sound “one”. There’s this one, that one, no one and someone.
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