A Difference

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Meet The Bar by changing your perspective 
(posted by Bjorn)
Consider the advantages of the various ones, in the first perspective, we are ourselves, we know our innermost feelings and we can also describe ourselves. The poem is strong, and even though we can pretend to be another person we can decide exactly how much we want to tell. Today this is the most common one.

What about if you changed that perspective, write about yourself in third person, while still knowing the inner life, emotions of that person. Do you notice the difference in tone? You become a divine observer of self.

Or do the same talking to yourself, talking to yourself as someone else. What impression do you achieve? Do you maybe become your own counselor?

Or make yourself into a collective, changing the first person singular into a collective we, and notice the difference.

You can do the same thought experiment starting from a poem written in third person, step into that person and write about it in first person. Dress yourself on his or her persona.

As usual in MTB I would like you to go out of your comfort zone and change the perspective.”

What a difference we made.
We marched, we ended a war
with our long hair streaming,
clothing in countless styles,
and rainbow colors.

What a difference we made.
Everyone would love, and
be loved. Peace was here,
presidents of power-in their
own minds–were swept out
of office.

What a difference we made.
So why do we sit here on the brink
of disaster, with only the music
beats of our time to remember.

(I enjoyed looking at the world
from a “we” viewpoint.)


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to A Difference

  1. Kathleen Kittleman says:

    Scary…what to do…


  2. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    “We”appreciate the attention. Fascists beware, for the poets are coming, and we are legion.


  3. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done Sara! Most of the passionate marchers succumb in time to the machine!


  4. msjadeli says:

    We are what it’s going to take to make change happen. Maybe the music can motivate us once again to act?


  5. Truedessa says:

    We as a people need to stand up and make a difference while we still can. We need to hear the song of change in our hearts.


  6. We gives this type of poem such a strong voice… and also reflecting back on a time where perhaps there was a stronger sense of we…


  7. Xan says:

    The despair and the knowledge of the old: that we didn’t do enough.


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