The poem is a very brief but poignant look at the desperate cry for help from a person in
despair, and the ironic response with which this plea is met.
THE POET & HER POEM
Gabriela Pearse was born in Colombia (South America) of a father from Trinidad but with a
British mother. She would later move to the United Kingdom, where she studied at Warwick
Her poem -- "Today" -- sums up very briefly the impersonal world in which we find
ourselves today, a world in which one person has no longer the time for another's despair.
Pearse uses very short but stabbing verses and lines. Indeed, there are just four verses, while
none of the lines exceeds six syllables. Does the poet have any specific reason for doing this?
On the other hand, is there any reason why the number of lines in each verse gets fewer as the
poem proceeds -- from five lines in verse 1, to four in verses 2 and 3, and then only three lines
in the final stanza?
The poem must also not be seen simply as the story of one person in need but is rather a
microcosm of today's world where people are becoming more and more individualistic, and less
and less caring.
Today we are concerned more about ourselves and less about others, more about our material
pursuits and less about helping others whom we meet on our journey through this life.
Have you looked at the questions
in the right column?