Poem with an explanation: The rain will come

The rain will come,
  weeds will grow,
  hairstyles will be ruined,
  clothes will be damaged,
  workers will be late,
  events will be cancelled,
  people will catch colds,
  roads will deteriorate,
  homes will have damage,
  cars will have accidents,
  homeless people will suffer.


The rain will come,
  plants will grow,
  animals will drink,
  things will look better,
  homes will be cleaned,
  allergens will decrease,
  air will be cooler,
  farmers will benefit,
  people will feel calmer,
  pollution will go down,
  people will have water.


This poem is symbolic of political discussions.  In the poem there is an issue: the rain will come.  This issue symbolizes political and social issues in society.

In the poem, there are two sides: those who think the rain coming will be bad and those who think the rain coming will be good.  The first stanza presents the side that thinks the rain will be bad, and the second stanza presents the side that thinks the rain will be good.

Each side presents ten points to support their view.  Essentially, each side is making truthful statements, however, they are speaking in certainties (will) rather than possibilities (may).

Generally speaking, each side presents stronger statements as they go.  For those against the rain and for the rain, the statements they make, generally, are more significant as they present their side.

Additionally, neither side makes any reference or acknowledgement of the other side or their view.  Each side presents its case unilaterally.

The poem has the general form that each side says something will get better or worse.  They present their views in very similar styles.

This poem expresses the feel that can sometimes come in political debates.  Each side in the poem speaks in certainties, is consistent in their view, does not acknowledge the opposing view, speaks to persuade, and speaks in a consistent style.

The poem symbolizes the idea that in political and social issue discussions, each side examines the same idea and yet sees it completely differently.  It also expresses faults that can happen when issues are discussed.

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It is clear,
see this,
and this,
and this.

It’s fact.
that’s nothing,
and besides,
that does matter,
off to the side,
here’s a secret,
about them,
and that.

Now this is truth,
it is,
it is so truth,
it doesn’t even need to be called truth,
it just is.


See A,
turn the card the other way,
ignore that third person over there,
ignore anything in between those two lines.


This poem is about the expression of points of view.  Generally the point of views are about some large social issue.  In the poem, there are two people speaking: A and B.  They are on polar opposites of the issue.

A starts speaking.  In the first stanza, they say what they think in obvious terms and they point out supporting information.

In the second stanza, they reiterate the absoluteness of their point of view.  They make some brief mention of the other side, but only to discredit it on an issue basis, and then to later, discredit the other side in a personal way.

In the third stanza, they speak with clear force.  They state what they think in an absolute way.  They state their point of view as if it just is.

In the next section of the poem B speaks.  B says what A said, just changes things around to fit their point of view.  When B speaks, there is an effort to ignore any third party that might be objective and to ignore any sense of absolute truth.

The idea of the poem is to highlight how views about issues are sometimes presented.