Poetry topic idea: Saint Patrick

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day.  Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.  As such, it seemed appropriate to have Saint Patrick as the poetry topic idea for today’s post.  As part of celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, one suggestion would be to write a poem about him.

There is a lot of information available about Saint Patrick.  Also, there are a lot of associated ideas, for example ideas about Ireland.  Both of these things, among other things, help make Saint Patrick a person who can have poetry written about him.

 

P.S. Voting is available this week, for next week’s poem series.  Please see Monday’s Post to vote.  The possible topics are The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound.

Poem Series Voting Two

In January of this year there was voting available for a poem series on M. Sakran’s blog of and poetry and poetry related things.

This week there will be voting for a new series.  From today, March 16, 2015, through the end of the day Friday, March 20, 2015, readers can vote for the topic of a poem series.

The possible topics are:

The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound

To vote on a topic, use the form below.  Click the button next to the chosen topic and click submit.

The topic with the most votes will be announced on Monday, March 23, 2015, and that will be the day the poem series begins.  The poems for the series will be posted on the blog from Monday, March 23, 2015 – Friday, March 27, 2015.

If no votes are cast during the voting time period, the topic will be chosen using a random method.  If there is a tie among winning topics, the topic will be chosen from among those topics using a random method.

Please vote.

Poem: Sitting by the lake

On March 10, 2015, the poetry topic idea Quiet was written about on this blog.  This poem is based off of that idea.

Sitting by the lake

Sitting by the lake,
the blue water is still,
and the air is cool with spring.

The forest around is green,
with tall trees,
that have the smell of pine.

By the lake are boulders,
large and gray,
with patches of moss growing.

The sun is rising slowly,
with the pale blue sky around it,
and small white clouds above.

The grass is soft,
green,
and thick.

There are no sounds,
no boats,
or planes,
even the birds in the air,
fly silently.

Dragonflies land on the lake,
fish make ripples,
and in the distance,
a deer drinks,
all without a sound.

Sitting by the lake,
the blue water is still,
and the air is cool with spring.

Experimental Poetry Form: One line, fifteen or less words

Sometimes in writing poetry, saying something succinctly, can add to the expression.  This might work well for topics that are slightly heavier in tone.  For example, if a poet wanted to write about something significant, like a tornado, sometimes a succinct poem can add increased significance to the tone of the poem.

For this poetry form, the form is one line that contains fifteen or less words.  The idea, is that using one line with limited words to express something, like a tornado, is a much different expression, than using, for example, twenty lines.  The poem will sound different.  The idea is that having only one line, only one short way to express something, could, hopefully, add significance to the tone of the expression.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Broccoli Flowers

Broccoli Flowers

The photograph above is of broccoli flowers.  Although, this photograph could inspire poetry in a number of ways, one interesting inspiration is from the idea of being outside of expectation.

Normally, broccoli is seen before the flowers form on the buds.  Seeing broccoli like in the photograph above is outside of expectation.  The broccoli is not appearing as it normally does.  This idea could be expanded and used in poetry.

Situations could be looked at, that are common, and then some aspect of them could be imagined to be outside of expectation.  For example, a poet might write about a person going somewhere, like a museum or the zoo, and as the person in the poem gets ready to pay, they are told it is free.

The idea, generally, would be to write about a common situation, where something, outside what is expected, yet still realistic, occurs.

Poetry topic idea: Quiet

Today’s poetry topic idea is quiet.  The idea of silence.  The absence of sound.

Quiet, as a poetry topic idea, can be interesting for poetry.

A poet could write about things like calm, stillness and peacefulness.  A poet could describe a scene that has these qualities.  For example, a poet might write about a nature scene, or someone sitting in a quiet area in their home.  In this sense, quiet would be viewed as something positive.

Alternatively, a poet could write about quiet in a negative sense.  They might describe someone lonely or someone isolated in some way.  For example, they might write about a person sitting home alone during the evening, or someone trapped somewhere, like in a cave.  They could write about a variety of situations of someone experiencing quiet, when they would rather experience some type of sound.

A poet might also decide to write about the absence of quiet.  Quiet can be seen as the absence of sound and so this would be the lack of that situation.  A poet could write about someone in a noisy situation who wishes things were quieter.  For example, a poet might write a poem about someone in a house full of noisy people, who wishes they just had some calm and quiet.

Artwork to inspire poetry: A Feather

Feather

The artwork above is of a feather.  A number of poetry inspirations could come from it.  For example a poet could see the artwork, and be inspired write about birds or flying.  They might also be inspired to write about the sky or thoughts about the color blue.  A poet could see the artwork and think about poems involving wings or planes.  A poet might even be inspired to write about quills or feather dusters.  There are many poetry ideas that could from the idea of a feather and from this artwork.

Pending Publication Poetry: Haiku

On April 1, 2015, M. Sakran is scheduled to have a haiku published on Pure HaikuPure Haiku can be found at purehaiku.wordpress.com.

Please see the post from January 9th, 2015, on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, for links to three other haiku by M. Sakran that were published on Pure Haiku.

Please enjoy the haiku.

Poem with an explanation: a stop

A door unlocked,
steps taken,
ropes already tied,
and a click.

Steps on grass,
steps on stone,
steps on tar.

Through trees,
through monuments,
the drum plays,
with the sound,
of the brush.

The compass spins,
fires burn,
and then …

a stop.

The statue collapses,
cannons are fired,
the wall crumbles.

A descendant,
not of coyotes,
without a sense that some would understand,
understands.

The horse gallops,
wood is torn,
alarms sound,
a question is asked.

Walking,
hurrying,
running,

a stop.

Concern,
questions,
calling to the air,
amazement,
hope.

 

The above poem tells a story.  It is meant to be metaphorical and have imagery.  The poem is about someone walking their dog and having a heart attack.  The dog then runs back to the house, gets help, and the person is helped.

The first stanza describes the person walking outside and putting the harness on the dog.

The second stanza follows the person and the dog from the backyard, to the drive way, to the street.

The third stanza describes them walking.  They pass trees and houses (monuments).  The sound of their walking is like a drum beat and the sound their steps make in the gravel is like the sound of a brush on a drum.

In the fourth stanza, they change direction (the compass spins), cars drive by (fires burn – as in internal combustion engines) and that leads to the fifth stanza, where the person has a heart attack (a stop).

The sixth stanza describes the heart attack.  The person falls like a collapsing statue, they feel like they are being shot with a cannon, and they crumble like a wall.

In the seventh stanza the dog (a descendant not of coyotes – in other words, a descendant of wolves), understands that something is wrong.

In the eighth stanza the dug runs home (the horse gallops), scratches at the front door (wood is torn), and barks (alarms sound).  The person inside, opens the door to see what is wrong (a question is asked).

In the ninth stanza, the person follows the dog.  First they walk, then they walk faster, then, as their thoughts of concern grow, they run.

In the tenth stanza, the person sees the other person who had a heart attack.

In the last stanza, the helping person expresses concern, they ask questions and they call for help on their phone (calling to the air).  Then they are amazed that the dog came home and got them.  Finally, they feel hope that the person who had the heart attack will be alright.

Poem: a speech

A song did play on one bright day,
when one man stood and he did say,
that what he saw it must be wrong,
that it had been this way too long,
and that this way it must not stay.

The man did speak in a clear way,
of that which did on his mind weigh,
and he spoke well just like a song,
a song did play.

And those who heard they all did pay,
attention as the song did play,
and they did sing right there along,
and all did cheer at the last gong,
as the last note did fly away,
a song did play.