Point of View Poem


Draft 1#

To take the point of view of a curtain fig tree
or a wallaby
I become part of the ecosystem
and see myself a part of it
not the ruler of it.

To take the point of view of a refugee
coming by air, or boat
from a camp or via an escape however they can
I see common humanity
and that fate could place me
there but somehow I was
given a home here through my
migrant mother marrying one
with citizenship.

To take the point of view of the
woman with her hijab hassled
in the streets because she represents
what some people fear makes
me wonder what I would feel and do.

To take the point of view of someone
who truly believes they are better
than me because of their colour
because someone told them so
and they were surrounded by others
who believed it so
and I am just an aberration
an exception to the rule
that feels like that would be so hard
to do.
Can I really step inside privilege and
feel comfortable?
Can I find any empathy for those
that have made me and others invisible?

To take the point of view of
person rising up and no longer
respecting people just because
they are born to privilege means
I see the long line of history
stretching back and people
oppressed rising up.
They are finding their voice.

To take the point of view
by walking a mile in someone else’s shoes
some of us have been doing that for centuries

Now we want to take off ill fitting shoes
and walk in ones we’ve made.

We want to walk in our bare feet
free from misconceptions, judgement
and with opportunity
into a future we’ve contributed to.


Today’s personal poetry challenge was a point of view poem. I wrote more about the process of trying to find a point of view poem. Perhaps my actual point of view poem will come into being over the next week. I do love the example poem Joyce Sidman has of Alice Shertle’s ‘A Frog in a Well sees the World.’


13 thoughts on “Point of View Poem

  1. Liked this a lot, quite an usual way to bring all the worlds problems together into one rather good poem, interested then to see your point of view poem. Best wishes, blessing Charles.

    1. I started a few but the process of finding one was the one that made it to the blog today.

      I found the prospect of a point of view poem was raising some deep and varied topics each of which will require a deeper reflection and considering points of view that cause discomfort.

      1. yes points of view can be problematic, hunching the shoulders, as one thinks, and the unease coming into the gut, but tough it out, and you maybe suprized

    1. Thanks as always for your thoughtful comments Carol. I think it is very difficult to write about current issues without somehow coming across as entering preacher mode. Sometimes taking another’s shoes creatively although it is difficult is a way forward.

  2. Irrespective of your expressed doubt, the reader is left in no doubt as to your genuine empathy. Admirable theme and exposé Pearlz – nice work.

  3. Reblogged this on Pearlz Dreaming and commented:

    I love looking back through the vaults of online poetry on my blogs. Sometimes I rewrite the pieces. Other times I connect with the ideas there and write something completely new.

  4. Your poem made me stop and think, June. I think it would be a great poem to discuss in groups of people of different origins and attitudes. There are as many points of view as there are people in the world. Some of them are more pleasant, loving and accepting than others.
    I especially like the message of your final two verses, especially the last:
    “We want to walk in our bare feet
    free from misconceptions, judgement
    and with opportunity
    into a future we’ve contributed to.”
    It sounds like an anthem.

    1. Norah, I am thinking to put a series of poems like this together in a collection soon.
      This idea of listening, and being able to walk in other shoes has been recurring but may be enough
      for a collection. So watch this space.

      1. Thanks Norah. Doing a lot of deep thinking about directions with the work, and it is lovely to have friends along for the journey.

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