Hi Jesse I would not be too concerned about one day. If you have a hub with 4 views today, and 5 views tomorrow, it will have a red arrow. Great, right? If you have a hub with 49 views today, and 50 tomorrow, the system will not "award" you with a red arrow. If you have a blue arrow today it just means that you have less views than yesterday.
As far as your total views are concerned, I think you have to reach a threshold. I cannot tell you the exact number, but I remember only earning about 15 cents for my first 10 hubs because no one was looking at them. The views increased significantly after about three months. There were some days that I had zero views. The only way to get more views was to publish a new hub. (Leaving comments on other hubs about depression/mental illness/bipolar disease/etc might help also. I am not sure about how to increase page views to your poems.)
Tomorrow will be better!