Poem with an explanation: majority and minority

so five times ten plus one does cheer the day
and by the sides the less by two does cry
and those with one do say the world is right
while those beside do say the thought does lie


This poem is about voting.  It looks at it from the viewpoint of the minority in a vote.

In the poem, some vote has just been cast.  One side won and another side lost.

The side that won had fifty percent of the vote plus one vote (five times ten plus one).  They are very happy about what has happened (cheer the day).

The other side lost by one vote.  To win they would have needed two more votes (if the other side did not lose any votes).  They are not in the majority and so are described as being by the sides.  Their lack of majority is described as being less by two.  They are unhappy with what has happened (does cry).

The side that won (those with one) applauds the process.  They believe in the process and that it led to the right outcome (do say the world is right).

The side that lost (those beside) disagree with this idea (do say the thought does lie).

This poem looks at the idea of voting from the minority point of view.  It looks from the perspective of those who barely lose a vote.  It questions the idea that a majority supporting something implies that the idea supported is right in some inherent way.  It amplifies the idea by having the majority wining by just one vote.

This notion came come up in politics when a side that loses questions the outcome.  They can believe strongly in their point of view and therefore question the idea that if the majority feels the other way, that things should be the other way.  Despite losing the vote, they still believe they are right.

This notion can come up on both sides of the political spectrum.  If a side believes themselves to be right, they can question the process if it leads to an outcome they don’t agree with.  They can feel that despite the majority opposition, their minority point of view still is valid and still should be in effect.

This poem uses the form mentioned in the poetry essay: iambic meter from yesterday’s post.  The poem is one stanza written in iambic pentameter with lines two and four rhyming.

Poem with an explanation: this one, that one or no one

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:
this one?
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.

you don’t,
and it’s not little things,
you know,
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?

Either way,
there’s either this’s or that’s.

Do you pick neither?
An empty void,
as stars flee,
and sound escapes,
hold on,
too much melodrama,
but still,
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.


Do you like poems with explanations?

M. Sakran’s has a self-published book of poems with explanations called Understanding: poems with explanations is available for purchase as an eBook for an available price of $0.99. Please consider purchasing a copy.

Poem Series Voting Result and The First Poem of The Series

Last week on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, there was voting for topics for a poem series.  The possible topics were: The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound.

The winning topic was, The Sun.

Starting with today’s post, and for the rest of posts through Friday, there will be one poem per day about The Sun.

Here is today’s poem:


The sky was dark and stars did shine,
and out in space the world did turn,
and as it did there was a sign,
that things would change from what they were.

Out far there was a line of earth,
that seemed to meet the sky above,
before that time there was a dearth,
of light along that far long line.

But then a light did seem to grow,
along the line that was so far,
at first it seemed to be so low,
but soon the sky did change its tone.

The sky that was so black in hue,
did change and glow with yellow light,
and then there was a change to blue,
as the sun rose up in the dawn.

Poem Series Voting Two

In January of this year there was voting available for a poem series on M. Sakran’s blog of and poetry and poetry related things.

This week there will be voting for a new series.  From today, March 16, 2015, through the end of the day Friday, March 20, 2015, readers can vote for the topic of a poem series.

The possible topics are:

The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound

To vote on a topic, use the form below.  Click the button next to the chosen topic and click submit.

The topic with the most votes will be announced on Monday, March 23, 2015, and that will be the day the poem series begins.  The poems for the series will be posted on the blog from Monday, March 23, 2015 – Friday, March 27, 2015.

If no votes are cast during the voting time period, the topic will be chosen using a random method.  If there is a tie among winning topics, the topic will be chosen from among those topics using a random method.

Please vote.

Poem Series Voting Reminder

Today is the last day to vote for the subject of next week’s poem series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Voting is easy.

In the box below, simply type one of the five following words and click submit:


 Tanka (these poems won’t be about tankas, but will use the tanka form)




It is very simple.  Vote today.

As motivation to vote, here is one poem that incorporates all five of the subjects:

Yesterday morning,
the small dogs watched with bright eyes,
as the child hid,
from her mother who called her,
to come take her medicine.

Poem Series Voting

On M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, there have been three poem series.  The first was about space, the second was about weather, and the third was a series of rondeaux.  They all can be seen here: poem series (scroll down that page to see the poems).

Next week, Monday January 26th – Friday January 30th, there will be a new poem series on this blog.

The possible ideas include:


 Poems using the Tanka form




Starting today, and through the end of the day on January 23rd, 2015, readers can vote for which idea they would like the poem series to be about.  To vote, simply type one of the five ideas above into the box below:

For example, to see poems about Dogs, type Dogs in the box above.

Readers should only vote once (although there is no mechanism being used to restrict this) and should only vote for one of the five ideas above (other ideas won’t be counted).  No information other than the idea a reader wants to see the series about is needed to vote.

If there are no votes for the five items above, then one will be selected using a random method.  If there is a tie among winning ideas, the winning idea will be selected using a random method.

Please vote.