See the robin with his bright red breast,
Hear his heart beat in his chest,
Now feel your heart beat in your own,
Both are made of flesh and bone,
Tell me why you think you’re more,
Than the bird who sits by the door,
Tell me why you’ve got the right,
To remove this bird from open sight,
His blood runs hot and he breathes in air,
He lives his life and he earns his fare,
The robin stares and asks, eyes wide,
What does your heart think, deep inside?
Tell Me is another poem written to make an impact on the reader. This is, hopefully, achieved by choosing to write about a controversial subject and using comparisons that a closer to home than most people wish to think about. It’s also quite thought-provoking as the last couplet is a rhetorical question which obviously has the same effect as a cliffhanger right at the end of a story.
The imagery has been specifically chosen to be a little gory and quite “in-your-face” in order to make an impact on the reader. It’s also quite simplified in order to help the reader understand that this really is a simple problem with an obvious solution.
However, this is counteracted a little and softened by the use of rhyme, a fun concept that softens anything that’s said because it gives the impression of the poem being written perhaps by a child or someone similar which means people are less likely to object to the message but the rhyming also emphasises what’s said so it has two very useful effects.
It’s also another good way to avoid writer’s block-choose a controversial subject that you have an opinion on and write about it. Easy.
Anyway, I hope you liked it.