ASL signs for POEM
There are two separate ASL signs -- one for poem/poetry of spoken language and another for poem/poetry of signed language. Why? See the story.
Meaning (speech language): a piece of writing or speaking in which the words are chosen for their beauty and sound and are carefully arranged, often in short lines which rhyme.
Meaning (sign language): a piece of writing/speaking in which the words are chosen for their beauty and sound and are carefully arranged, often in short lines which rhyme.
Why are they separate signs for the same concept? There is a history behind it.
In the past hundreds of years, Deaf people and their signed languages have been oppressed by hearing society and they were forced into speech language and other traumatic "therapies". Discrimination, linguicism, and all other painful experiences.
Linguistics in sign language was discovered in the 1960s by Dr. William Stokoe (hearing American) which revolutionized the concept of language, and then poetry in sign language was later recognized in the 1970s by Clayton Valli (Deaf American) in his dissertation.
When Valli brought sign language poetry to Deaf community, the concept of poetry was all associated with spoken language that Deaf people resisted or found no interest in poetry. Valli realized that the problem was with the signed word associated with spoken language. Not to mention, the sign itself was under the influence of English Sign. So, he used a different sign that conveys a beautiful concept which associates poetry with sign language which was then embraced with heart.