The poem "One" by Shawnee Kellie is a very interesting and thought-provoking piece of writing. The poem spreads the message that it is not only a large group of people that can make a change, but one idea, one thought, one human that can help make the world a better place.
As Kellie says:
"One word can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream;
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald Spring.
One smile can bring a friendship,
One handclasp can lift a soul;
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One cheer can obtain a goal.
One vote can change a Nation,
One sunbeam can lift a room;
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One look can change two lives;
One kiss can make love bloom. One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer;
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care. One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true;
One life can make a difference,
One life is me and you...."
I truly believe that Shawnee Kellie has spread a message that deserves to be heard. It is not following someone else that will ensure our happiness. It is our creativity, the ability to express it, and the way we do so, that will make our lives better. For it is not society that changes us, it is we who change society.
The underlying theme of this poem discusses the unity and power of one person. The theme has not been concealed from the readers, it is, in fact very evident because of Kellie's repetitive use of the word "One". This repetition emphasizes on the word, and allows the audience to immediately understand that the central concept of the poem is "One".
Poems that spread a message are very inspiring.
They don't portray the beauty of a forest,
they portray its barren land.
They don't portray the beauty of society,
they reveal its cruel hand.
- poetic fanatic
However, I find that while poems are beautiful and wonderful to read, the poems that have a deeper message behind them, a message that is relevant to our world, are the ones that get the gears of our minds turning the fastest.