A Poem: Happy Halloween

The thirty first at night,
when there is such a fright,

  the pumpkins glow with eyes,
  and spiders weave their webs,
  and sounds are heard around,

and when the clouds do hide the moon,
and it gets dark by time too soon,

  within the homes the candles light,
  and shadows move just out of sight,

the sights of things that walk around,
in eyes and minds that see,
do move in groups and they abound,
to frighten all that be,

  they shriek with sounds and grimace too,
  and then they all exclaim,
  the ‘trick or treat’ they say with glee,
  for candy is their aim!


A photograph to inspire poetry: Night sky

Night sky

Yesterday’s blog post was an artwork to inspire poetry entitled Night sky.  The posting of that artwork, lead to the idea of having a similar post of a photograph to inspire poetry.

The above is a photograph of the night sky.  Like the artwork to inspire poetry, this photograph can inspire poetry.  They both can inspire poetry in some similar ways.  For example, in each instance, a poet could be inspired to write a poem about stars.

Despite the fact though that both the artwork and the photograph are images of the night sky, it is clear that the imagined image in the artwork is different from the real image in the photograph.  In the real image, far less stars (and no planets) can be seen than in the imagined image.  This difference between imagination and reality could also serve as an inspiration for poetry.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Night sky

Night sky

The above artwork is entitled Night sky.  It can be clicked on to see it larger.  The artwork can inspire poetry in a variety of ways.

One way it can inspire poetry, is by inspiring a poet to go and look at the actual night sky.  The night sky is filled with many things that could inspire poetry.

Secondly, a poet could look at the artwork and see shapes in the patterns of the stars.  These shapes could inspire poetry.

Additionally, this artwork could inspire general poetry about space, stars, ideas of vastness and the universe.

A poet looking closely at the artwork (in a larger size), may notice four planets depicted.  Seeing them, a poet could, for example, be inspired to write a poem about the relationship between the planets and the stars.

Also, a poet might notice the relative brightness of different stars and use this as a poetry inspiration.

A poet could, seeing the artwork, be inspired to write a poem comparing the ideas of emptiness and being filled, as different portions of the artwork have objects and some do not.

In addition to these ideas, there are many other poetry inspirations that could be inspired by this artwork.


Experimental Poetry Form: Grouping

The following experimental poetry form focuses on grouping.  It has three stanzas that form the groups.

The first stanza is a couplet.  It has eight syllables per line with no meter and the two lines rhyme.

The second stanza has three lines.  Each line in the stanza has ten syllables with no meter and each line rhymes.  Each line of the second stanza is indented two spaces.

The third stanza has five lines, each line has six unmetered syllables, and each line rhymes.  Each line of the third stanza is indented one space.

The form looks like this:

A (8 syllables)
A (8 syllables)

  B (10 syllables)
  B (10 syllables)
  B (10 syllables)

 C (6 syllables)
 C (6 syllables)
 C (6 syllables)
 C (6 syllables)
 C (6 syllables)

The idea of the form is to have three distinct groups based on the stanzas.  Each stanza is different in its number of lines, rhyming, syllable count and indention.  These differences help form the groups.

As a further experimentation with this form, additional differences could be added such as different meters.

The intention of the grouping is to have three parts make up one poem.  Because the stanzas are separate in form, this may influence a poet using the form to group ideas by stanza, rather than having one main idea or having the ideas in the poem be separated in some other way.  The idea is to see how this grouping influences poems.

Poetry topic idea: Fire

Fire is a very interesting poetry topic idea for a variety of reasons.

One reason is that fire can appear in settings in a spectrum of situations from good, through indifferent, to bad.  Fire, for example, is found in fire places, grills, and campfires.  It is also found in matches and lighters.  Additionally, fire is seen in disasters, arson, and war.  Because fire is found in this wide range of situations, it can be used in a variety of poems.

Another reason fire can make an interesting poetry topic idea is because it is dynamic.  Fire moves, it changes color, in grows and shrinks.  The fuel source of fire changes as it burns.  The air around fire changes.  This dynamism can make fire an interesting topic for poetry.

Fire also has a certain fundamental quality.  Fire provides light and heat in a basic way that has been utilized for millennia.  Fire can happen naturally.  The fundamental quality of fire can be useful in poetry.

Poem with an explanation: The Lake

The Lake

The water flowed with speed,
down from the waterfall,
and down into the lake.

But then as if with need,
the lava did not stall,
but caused the lake to quake.

The lake did then recede,
as clouds of steam grew tall,
as it did heat and shake.


The poem above utilizes the first experimental poetry form that was posted to M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  It was posted on April 26, 2014.  The experimental poetry form was entitled Three and can be seen here: Three.

The poem above is symbolic of the process of boiling water.  The symbolism is through the metaphor of a lake filling, then being heated by lava, then having water in the lake turn to steam.  It follows the process of a pot filling with water, then the pot heating, and then the water boiling.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Creature on a citrus leaf

Creature on a citrus leaf

The above is a photograph of what appears to be a caterpillar or snail type creature on a citrus leaf.  What appears to be a trail made by this, or a similar creature, is above it.

This photograph can inspire poetry in a number of ways.

One way is to focus on the idea of the unseen.  This small creature is difficult to see, unless it is being looked for or it happens to be noticed.  There are many things which can seem to share this type of trait.  Anything that can be thought of that is normally not noticed, can be a basis for a poem.

The little creature almost looks like it has a shell or a helmet (the darker brown area).  This could be associated with defense.  This could inspire a poem about the different types of defenses people can have to different situations.

Another poetry inspiring idea from this photograph, is the idea of focusing on the background.  It is possible, that when someone sees this photograph, that they will focus on the creature.  Additionally, they may also focus on the leaf.  But some, may not focus at all, on the grass.  A poet could use this concept to help write a poem.  A poet could either think of or look at a situation, and instead of writing a poem about the central focus of it, they could write a poem about something in the background.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Collage


Above is a collage comprised of items from two photographs.  The two photographs are from the October 1, 2014 blog post The Purple Berries and the October 14, 2014 blog post Yellow Flower.  The collage is made of various computerized cut and copied portions of the photographs with a pale blue background.

This collage can inspire poetry in a number of ways.

One way is simply from the idea of how a collage in general is made: a number of portions of different things are combined to form one thing.  A poet could use this idea to write a poem.  For example, a poet could have lists of words inspired by different things (for example, one list of words inspired by purple berries and the other by a yellow flower), and combine the words in different ways to make a poem.

Another way this artwork can inspire a poem is by the idea of abstractness.  This collage is abstract.  While different portions can be recognized (purple from the berries, yellow from the flower, green from other areas) the portions are not arranged in a way that they make one picture.  A poet could use the idea of abstractness in a poem.  For example, a poet could combine contrasting elements into one poem.  The elements could be kept separate in some way (such as in separate lines or stanzas) such that each element is clear, but the combination of them is abstract.  An example of this could be a poem that had lines, for example, about day and night.  Each line would be clear, but the combination of them could feel abstract to the reader.

Additionally, a poet could look at the collage and be inspired by what it seems to represent.  It appears like a plant with purple berries, yellow flowers, green leaves and brown stems against a pale blue sky.  A poet could see this and write a poem about that plant.

Experimental Poetry Form: 8-4-6 ordering

This experimental poetry form is structured on the different ways the numbers 8, 4, and 6 can be ordered.  They can be ordered as follows:


In the form, there are six stanzas each with three lines.  In each stanza, the lines have syllable counts that match the ordered numbers above.  So, the first stanza has eight syllables in its first line, four syllables in its second and six syllables in its third.  The second stanza has eight syllables in its first line, six syllables in its second, and four syllables in its third.  This continues for the remaining four stanzas.

In this experimental form, the lines have iambic meter and there is no rhyming.

This experimental poetry form can have many variations.  For example, the lines could have no meter or a meter other than iambic.  Additionally, the lines could incorporate a rhyming pattern (for example, by having lines with matching syllable counts rhyme).  Also, the order of the stanzas could be changed.  Additionally, the lines could be based on word count, instead of syllable count.

In a greater variation, other experimental poetry forms could be based on ordering numbers.  Numbers other than 8, 4, and 6 could be used and more numbers could be used.

The intent of this experimental poetry form is to examine how differing combinations of relatively short, medium and long syllable counts in stanzas can affect a poem.  For example, how does a stanza that starts with a long line, differ from one that starts with a short line?  Or, how does a stanza with a short line in the middle, differ from one with a short line at the end?