Poetry Book: First Try: A series of poems: Poem six: The surface is chipped

The sixth poem from M. Sakran’s collection of poetry entitled First Try, published by eLectio Publishing, is below.  First Try is available here:


The surface is chipped

The surface is chipped and broken away,
a weight fell down during the day,
the smooth is gone beneath is rough,
the surface seemed strong it did seem tough,
but not as tough as the weight did weigh.

The surface seemed strong like it would stay,
but the cost of the weight it could not pay,
the surface it did not have enough,
the surface is chipped.

As the weight did fall the surface did say,
that it could not move from the way,
the weight did fall and that seemed guff,
the pieces broke and now were stuff,
around the surface they all did lay,
the surface is chipped.


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Post Series: The Tea Series: Poem with an explanation: Times


7:12 am – The kettle boils.  Water is poured upon a bag.  A spoon of sugar.  Stirring.  Waiting two minutes.  Drinking with an egg.

7:45 am – A press on the handle.  Into the same blue mug.  Today – a green bag.  From the drawer.  Wait three minutes.  A little packet is poured.  Sipping.

12:03 pm – A bottle from the cooler.  The label is missing.  Bright gold and translucent.  It has lemon.  The first of the week.

3:04 pm – Same as 7:45 am

8:00 pm – Quiet.  An old movie – film noir.  1940s – a dark alley.  That music.  Peppermint- not a flavor – an actual one dropped in the cup – why not?  Relaxing.


This poem follows an imaginary person as they go through a work day.  Each time noted is a time when the person is drinking tea.  The poem is written as a schedule to add interest to the form.

The times chosen were meant to impart a sense of realism, as if they were the actual times the events happened.  Each time was written with short lines, as if someone was simply writing down what was happening, as it was happening.

In the poem, the word “tea” is not actually mentioned, however, the context is intended to make the idea of tea obvious.

In some sense, the descriptions are meant to express the mundane and the routine.  The implication is that the imaginary person goes through this basic routine each work day, with different moments of variation, such as deciding to have the green bag of tea at 7:45 am.

Poetry Book: First Try: A series of poems: Poem five: Garbage disposal

The fifth poem from M. Sakran’s collection of poetry entitled First Try, published by eLectio Publishing, is below.  First Try is available here:


Garbage disposal

Water flows as carrots wash,
and outsides are rinsed clean.
The ends are cut and fall down,
with a knife that removes.
Then they are held away,
and the knife scraps away,
and the peel falls away,
in a powder of orange.
The water flows again,
the rest of the powder falls,
the carrots are set away,
and the powder is pushed down.
A switch is flipped,
and blades spin,
and the orange powder is gone.


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A milestone: 100th post!

This is the 100th post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things!

The blog was started on April 24, 2014, and since May 19th, 2014, there has been one post per weekday.

There have been many things on M. Sakran’s blog, some of which include:

  • Poems
  • Poems with explanations
  • Experimental poetry forms
  • Poetry topic ideas
  • Artwork to inspire poetry
  • Photographs to inspire poetry

To celebrate this milestone, here is a poem entitled: One Hundred

One Hundred

One hundred pennies,
used to buy,
a pomegranate,
with one hundred seeds,
used to make,
one hundred milliliters,
of a sauce,
that was frozen,
for one hundred days,
and then thawed,
in one hundred seconds,
and then poured upon,
one hundred small squares,
of cool cheese cake,
which were served,
at a party,
to one hundred people,
all of whom,
were celebrating,
one hundred milestones,
of one hundred things.

Post Series: The Tea Series: Poetry topic idea: Brewing Tea

Tea generally can lead to many poetry topic ideas.  There are many poems that can involve tea, or ideas generated from tea.  For The Tea Series poetry topic idea, rather than focusing broadly on tea, a specific tea related area can be looked at: brewing.

In the case of tea, brewing can refer to the tea leaves steeping in heated water.  From a poetry topic idea perspective, this can inspire a number of ideas that can be used in poems, in addition to examining brewing tea from a literal perspective.  For example:

  • Change over time. As the liquid changes over time with the brewing of the tea, many other things change over time under some type of condition.  The idea of something changing over time because of what it is experiencing, can be the basis for a poem.
  • Brewing tea takes some amount of patience.  There is a waiting period between adding the water to the tea and being able to drink the tea.  Patience, and situations that involve it, could be poetry topics.
  • Often brewing tea involves some formality, for example when tea is brewed using a certain measure of leaves, in a certain type of pot and served with a certain service.  Focusing on the formality involved in certain situations, can help to lead to poetry.

These ideas, as well as others, can be poetry topics that derive from thinking about tea brewing.  As mentioned, tea generally can lead to many poetry topic ideas.

Post Series: The Tea Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Brewed Tea

This is the second post in The Tea Series and is an experimental poetry form based on tea.  The form has the following appearance and attributes:




There are three stanzas each with three lines.  The first stanza is expressive and direct, the second stanza is expressive and obscure, and the third stanza is subdued and obscure.  The second and third lines of each stanza rhyme.  There is no meter or syllable count in each line.

Here is an explanation of the form:

  • Three stanzas. Each stanza represents a phase that brewed tea goes through over time.  When hot water is poured on tea leaves, two transitions happen over time: the liquid darkens and the liquid cools.  The liquid starts out hot and clear and ends dark and cool.  The phases are: hot/clear, hot/dark, cool/dark.  Each stanza represents a phase.
  • The expressive/subdued and direct/obscure qualities of the stanzas. From the above explanation of why there are three stanzas, the temperature represents the expressiveness of each stanza, with hot being expressive and cool being subdued.  The color represents the directness of each stanza with clear being direct and dark being obscure.  The attributes of the stanzas change as tea changes.
  • Three lines per stanza – there are three letters in tea
  • Rhyming pattern in each stanza of having the second and third lines rhyme. This matches the consonant/vowel configuration of the word tea.
  • No meter or syllable count. Tea brews in a somewhat random fashion as the water molecules interact with the tea.  The lines of the stanzas are similar in that they have no set configuration.

Here is an example of a poem using this form:

The Storm

The pot boiled and water overflowed out,
as the window glass shattered as the wind blew,
and into the room the rain flew.

Shadows fluttered on the walls,
as mice hid on the floor,
as fear blew through the door.

Quiet filled with light,
was there as water steamed,
as from the sky the sun gleamed.