Poem with an explanation: narrow minded views

the bears
did chastise the deer
for their narrow minded views

 

This poem is about differing beliefs.  In the poem there are two groups with different beliefs: bears and deer.  Bears are omnivores and deer are herbivores.  The bears chastise the deer, because the deer don’t eat meat.

The groups represent two groups of society.  One group, represented by bears, engages in some behavior.  The other group, represented by deer, don’t.  The group that engages in the behavior believes there is something wrong with the group that doesn’t.

The poem shows the idea of intolerance, but turned around.  It might be more typical for a group that doesn’t do something to be intolerant of a group that does.  This poem twists the idea and shows the group engaging in the behavior being critical of the group that doesn’t.

In the poem, it might seem that the deer have the more moral behavior.  They don’t eat meat.  Rather than they criticizing the bears for doing so, it is the other way around.  The bears look down on the deer for not doing what they do.

Poem with an explanation: looking at the picture

looking at the picture
and not realizing
it was painted
by other hands

 

This poem is about opinions and views.

In society people have opinions and views of things.  Some things are small, like what foods a person likes.  Some things are larger, like social ideas.

There can be a perception by people that they form their own opinions and views.  They can believe that they feel certain ways about certain things out of choice.  What can be unnoticed though is the impact of people, society, education, marketing, and media.  All of these things can influence the opinions and views people have.  Even though people think they shape their own opinions and views, these opinions and views can largely be influenced by outside influences.

In the poem, a person is looking at a picture.  They think they painted the picture.  They don’t realize though that others painted it.

This idea symbolizes a person thinking of their opinion or view of something.  They believe they chose to see things the way they do.  They don’t realize the outside influences that shaped how they think.

Post Series: The Poems with Explanations Series: Views

Views

A:

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

It’s fact.
That,
that’s nothing,
and besides,
that does matter,
also,
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.

B:

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.