Poem: One day

In frustration,
and reluctance,
he helped the old man,
who could not walk.

Years did pass.

One day,
without really noticing,
his knee,
began to hurt.

 

P. S. There will be no new blog post on M. Sakran’s blog tomorrow September 21, 2018.

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Experimental Poetry Form: four fours

This experimental poetry form is called four fours.

In the form, there are four stanzas.  Each stanza has four lines.  Each line has four words.  Each word has four letters.  The form looks as follows, with *’s representing letters.

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Poetry topic idea: locks

Today’s poetry topic idea is locks.  There are a number of ways to use locks in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Locks keeping something out. Locks are sometimes used to keep something out of somewhere.  Think of a lock on a house door or a lock on a chest.  The idea is to keep people out of these places.  This idea of keeping something out could be used in poetry.
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  • Locks keeping something in. Locks are sometimes used to keep something in some place.  Think of locking an animal’s cage for example.  The idea is to keep something where it is.  This idea could be used in poetry.
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  • The components and mechanisms of locks. Locks can be mechanical items.  They can have parts that move and can be made of metal.  These ideas could be used in poems.
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  • Locks of hair. In addition to locks being items on doors and similar places, the word can also be used to refer to a piece of hair.  This meaning could be used in poetry.
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  • Canal locks. Canals can have locks that are used to move ships from one place to another.  This meaning could be used in poetry.

Here is an example poem using locks:

after the insult
she wasn’t supposed to hear
they were locked out
of her friendship

Poetry essay: Heavy or light poetry

There are different ways to classify poetry.  One way, is by the “weight” of a poem.  A poem can be “heavy” or it can be “light”.

Heavy poetry

A heavy poem is a poem written about a serious subject in a serious way.  It is a poem that speaks to something large in an outwardly focused way.  Additionally, it does so in a literary fashion.

A heavy poem might be a poem about a social issue.  It could be a poem about the plight of a certain group.  It might be a poem about war.  It could be a poem about mental illness.  It will be a poem about something large in scope.

This type of poem will focus on the subject rather than the poet.  It will reference something in the larger scale.  It will be written in free verse or in an unstructured experimental form.  It won’t have rhyme or meter or be of a traditional form.  It will utilize symbolism and metaphor and may, at times, be obscure.  It will have a negative tone, in a sense, overall.

Light poetry

A light poem will be a poem that is personal to the poet.  It will speak to something from their perspective.  It will focus on something on a smaller scale.  It could be positive in tone or down in tone depending on the subject.  It might have rhyme or meter or fit a form.

This type of poem might be about love, nature, things in a person’s life, random observations, objects, and things of that nature.  It will be clear.  While it may have symbolism and metaphor, the reader will understand the overall meaning.  Also, it may focus on emotions and could be uplifting or humorous.

Which to write?

When a poet writes poetry, they may have considered both of these classifications.  They may have written both types of poetry at different times, but may have questioned which they should focus on.

Sometimes heavy poetry might be viewed as more “real” poetry.  It is serious poetry about serious things.  Light poetry, might at times be viewed as trivial and unimportant.  The distinction might be similar to the possible view of literary fiction versus genre fiction.

Poetry though should not be looked at in this way.  Both heavy and light poetry have their uses.

Heavy poetry if a good choice when a poet wants to speak to an audience about an issue they have a view of.  It might be personal to them or not.  Part of the idea of this type of poetry is to make a point and express a view about a subject.

Light poetry is good if a poet wants to express an idea.  The poem might be written for themselves or for a small audience.  The idea is to express a thought, rather than a view.  It is a good choice if a poet wants to say something funny or just express something that they thought of.  It is also a good choice if what the poet is writing about is personal.

Given the weights of poetry, there are some poems that are blurry in a sense.  An example of this might be a serious large scale subject poem written from a personal perspective.  Think about a poem about a person going through a serious subject.  This type of poem can have qualities of both light and heavy poetry.

When a poet is deciding which type of poetry to write there are two ways a poet could approach the idea.

In one way, a poet could be conscious of the type of poetry they intend to write.  Before they start writing they could pick one of the types and then think of a subject to write about.

Alternatively, a poet could just start writing a poem and see what type develops.  They could let the subject, tone, and perspective provide the outcome for what type is used.

Both heavy and light poetry have their uses.  Both can help a poet express themselves.  When a poet is deciding which type to use, they should think about what they want to accomplish.  They should choose the type that fits their need.  They can do this before they start writing, or it can be something they examine as or after they have written a poem.

Poem with an explanation: 1320

1320
the statue crumbles

across the desert
in the distance
nothing is seen

the car rolls
on square tires
1320

before the gate
316800
floats in the mind

the pieces of stone
are in a pile
of 1320 pieces

 

This poem is about a person who is not physically fit, trying to become so.  On their first day of exercise they decide to jog.

In the first stanza of the poem, the person jogs a quarter of a mile.  A quarter of a mile is 1320 feet.  This is too much for the person and they become spent (the statue crumbles).

The person is very tired after this short distance.  They decide that they should go back home.  In the second stanza, they look back at the distance they have to go.

Although before they jogged, they thought a quarter of a mile was a short distance to traverse, now it seems very far.  They feel like they are looking out over a desert and are unable to see their destination.

In the third stanza, the person starts to walk home.  They are experiencing physical discomfort after the jog and they have trouble walking.  They move slowly like a car with square tires.  They feel all of the quarter mile.

In the fourth stanza, the person is home.  As they stand by their front door, they gain a new perspective on distance.  They think of 60 mph, which is the speed a car might travel.  This is 316800 feet an hour.  They think of this distance, and how it feels like nothing, and how the 1320 feet of the quarter mile feels like a lot.

In the last stanza, the person sits down on the floor of their house in the air conditioning.  They are tired after the jog.  The distance has become part of them.