Poem with an explanation: The Spider

The spider ran and hid,
away from its own web,
to hide from eyes that saw,

and with such haste it did,
for it did fear the neb,
as it did hear the caw,

behind a branch it slid,
for fear its health would ebb,
as it was stunned with awe.


The above poem uses the experimental poetry form Three that was described in the April 26, 2014 blog post of this blog.  The form can be reviewed here: Experimental Poetry Form: Three

This poem is about a spider hiding from a bird.  The image is of a spider on a branch.  The spider is seen by a bird and runs and hides behind another branch so that it will not be eaten.  One point about the poem is that the spider was willing to leave its web for the sake of its safety.  The implication is that the web might in some way be lost to the spider as a result of its hiding but that this was worth it to the spider so that it could avoid the bird.

Poetry topic idea: Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is an interesting poetry topic idea partially because of the sensory items that can be in a poem about it.  Peanut butter’s texture, smell, taste and appearance can all be used in a peanut butter based poem.  As an example, the following is an ode, in the form of a ballad, about peanut butter:

It’s thick, light brown, with golden form,
and has a taste that’s sweet,
it shines so smooth and uniform,
and is so good to eat.

The peanut taste is so creamy,
and tastes so good on bread,
and it tastes good on celery,
and with jelly that’s red.


In addition to the sensory items discussed here, there are other sensory items that could be related to peanut butter and used in a poem.  There are also other ideas about peanut butter that can be poetry topics such as broader ideas or symbolism.

Please feel free to use peanut butter, and the ideas about it discussed here, as a poetry topic idea.

Experimental Poetry Form: Five Couplets

This form has five couplets.  Each is written in iambic meter.  The first has lines of 8 syllables each, the second has lines of 4 syllables each, the third has lines of 8 syllables each, the fourth has lines of 6 syllables each and the fifth has lines of 4 syllables each.  The rhyming pattern matches the syllables in that the 8 syllable lines rhyme, the 4 syllable lines rhyme and the 6 syllable lines rhyme.  The form looks as follows:






Each * represents a syllable and each letter identifies the rhyming pattern.

Here is an example poem in this form:

The garden does have grass and weeds,
but in the beds no growth from seeds,

the weeds are tare,
the grass grows fair,

but seeds of plants that look like beads,
do not there sprout and grow on leads,

the cause of this defeat,
does come from the sun’s heat:

the heat is there,
so work can’t fare.

This experimental poetry form can be used in a variety of situations.  Please feel free to use this experimental poetry form in writing poetry.

Poem series: Weather: Number Five

The wind blows,
and leaves shake,
and the rain beats against the window.
It’s dark,
but daytime.
The power may go out.
The ground fills with water.
Trees move in the wind –
they may fall down.
Branches fall.
The wind makes a rush of sound.
The rain blows across instead of falling down.
This lasts for hours,
not minutes,
like in other times.
It does not have a slow rise,
then a peak,
then a fall.
The rise is quick,
things are dark quickly,
and the peak keeps going.
The windows may break.
The door of the porch,
opens and shuts.

Poem series: Weather: Number Two

The crystals fall upon the ground
and cover it without a sound,
and each are clear when seen alone,
but groups of them have whiteness shown,
and the crystals they form the snow,
that all on sight do clearly know,
and men of snow do stand outside,
where leafless trees do now reside,
and hills of snow do cover lawns,
and dens of small fur covered fawns,
and the white snow does last for weeks,
as ice does form on flowing creeks,
and the crystals that fell this year,
in some short months will disappear.