through the glass
the mirror speaks
and says the words
you want to hear
the world is known
through the lens
“What do you mean,
you don’t see?”
This poem is about news that leans one way or the other on the political spectrum.
In the poem, a person watches news that is on the same side of the political spectrum as they are. They hear something they agree with. This is symbolized by a mirror saying words a person wants to hear. A reflection of the person’s views are presented to them.
The second stanza provides a commentary. It says, the world is known/ through the lens. This means that what a person knows about the world is influenced by how the information is presented.
In the third stanza, a person is taken aback when they encounter someone who perceives the world differently. In this case, the person encounters someone who watches news that is on the opposite side of the political spectrum as what they see. Because of this, the person encountered has received a different presentation of events and therefore perceives things differently. The original person finds this confusing for two reasons.
First, they perceive the news as fundamental. They don’t see a political leaning in the presentation. Additionally, they don’t see how a political leaning could influence facts or their presentation.
Second, they had not considered that others might see news presented in a different way. They had not considered that others might see the world through a different lens.
Because of these two reasons, they can’t understand why a person they encounter knows different facts than they do and why they see those facts differently.