Poem with an explanation: Hi there, it’s nice to see you.

Hi there,
it’s nice to see you.
You look great.

A smile,
some words,
a float in the air.

 

Hi there,
it’s nice to see you.
You look great.

A smile,
some words,
a fall in a pit.

 

This poem is about a difference in intent and perception.  There are three people in the poem.  Person A says stanzas one and three.  Person B experiences stanza two.  Person C experiences stanza four.

In the poem, there is a party.  Person A is the host and greets people as they arrive.  With Persons B and C, the greeting consisted of the same words, yet different intents.

Person A likes Person B and so the words of the greeting are said with a mild sense of sincerity.  Person A is genuinely greeting Person B, even though the greeting is mainly part of a social norm.  When Person A says it is nice to see Person B and that Person B looks great, there is a sense of truth in the words.

Person B also likes Person A.  Person B has a genuine response to the words of Person A.  Person B smiles, returns the greeting, and, metaphorically, floats into the party.  The situation is very light, happy and calm for Person B.

By contrast, Person A and Person C do not like each other.  There is animosity between them.  Person C is coming to the party, not because they want to be there, but because of social obligation.

Person A greets Person C when they arrive.  Person A is sarcastic in their words.  Person A is saying nice things, but in a way that is meant to stick at Person C.  Person A speaks in an exaggerated way so that Person C will understand that they mean the opposite of what they say.

Person C feels the meaning of the words.  They respond in the socially expected way, by smiling and returning the greeting, but the experience of going into the party is like falling into a pit.  It is dark and filled with a sense of dread.

In the poem, Person A says the exact same thing to two people, yet the words have different intents.  Also, in the poem, each of the party goers hear the same words and responds the same way, but each has a completely different interpretation of the words and response to the party.

The form of the poem uses repeats with marked areas of difference to emphasize the point of the difference.

 

P. S. Happy second day of Christmas.

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