Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms

On M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, there have been forty experimental poetry forms.  Thirty seven of the forms were by themselves, and three were part of post series.

As a commemoration of having forty experimental poetry forms on this blog, starting with Monday’s post, there will be forty posts, each with a poem, with each poem using one of the forty experimental poetry forms that have been on this blog.  The forms used will follow the order that the forms were shown on this blog.

During the forty posts, there may be some interrupting posts for things like milestones, pending publication items, published items, or something else that requires its own post.

The experimental poetry forms on this blog have been (and this is also the order the forms used will be in):


Flows and Stops

Lines with internal rhymes


Five Couplets



Sprinkled salt

Simple Rhyming Pattern



Brewed Tea

Random Rhyming

Starting Rhyme

8-4-6 ordering


Free verse and one word rhymes

Alphabetical order rhyme


Two Stanzas

One hundred feet

The Letter E

Electrical Outlet

Rhyming and Indention

Stanzas, syllables and repeats


Fifteen one word lines

One line, fifteen or less words

Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern

A list

Five sets of two


Paragraph of poems


Two coins

Alternating first and last rhymes

Acrostic matching and rhyming


Ham Sandwich

Hopping frog

Poetry topic idea: Squeaking dog

The poetry topic idea for today is a squeaking dog.  Squeaking, in this sense, is a sound somewhere between a bark and whimper.  It is a sound a dog might make when it want’s its owner’s attention but isn’t hurt or seeing some animal or angry.  It just wants the owner for something.

Poetry about this could include:

  • An exploration of why the dog is squeaking – with either an answer being found or not.
  • A comparison between the dog wanting attention or wanting something tangible, like food or water.
  • A look at the owner’s emotional response to the squeaking – Concern? Frustration? Compassion? Confusion?  Other emotions?
  • A look at how the dog’s behavior may be a metaphor for the owner’s. For example, the owner may want something from someone else, but may not be able to communicate it directly, and may try to communicate with some persistence.
  • A look at persistence.
  • A look at caring.

Poem: Trying


There’s some sort of effort,
on most days,
things that are seen nearby,
things that are seen over there,
and things that are seen in other places.

There’s thoughts,
and ideas,
and plans,

there’s reading,
and studying,
and applying what seems like unrelated knowledge.

There’s those moments,
when the hands are together,
and the little box is opened,
and the little hope is opened,
and nothing is inside.

For some reason,
there’s logic,
there’s statistics,
there’s the idea that it just should work,

there’s effort,
and strain,

and so many things,
that just don’t seem to be.

And then there’s this sigh,
and there’s tiredness at trying to explain,

and there’s trying.

Experimental Poetry Form: Hopping frog

This experimental poetry from is based off of the idea of a hopping frog.  It is meant to resemble a frog jumping down tree branches.

The form has six tercets.  The tercets represent the frog.  Each tercet has six, eight and then six syllables in their three lines.  The first tercet is on the left, the second is in the center, the third is on the right.  The fourth goes to the center, the fifth goes back to the right, and the sixth goes to the left side.  There is an extra space between the third and fourth and between the fourth and fifth tercets.  The position of the tercets, represent the frog moving down the tree.  The form looks like this:

Six syllable line
Eight syllable line
Six syllable line

Six syllable line
Eight syllable line
Six syllable line

Six syllable line
Eight syllable line
Six syllable line


Six syllable line
Eight syllable line
Six syllable line


Six syllable line
Eight syllable line
Six syllable line

Six syllable line
Eight syllable line
Six syllable line

P.S. Today on MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.  Some recent posts on this blog, including this one, have been related to frogs, and the new set on MSakran.com is also frog related.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Green frog on a citrus leaf

Green Frog On A Citrus Leaf Artwork

The above artwork, was made using the photograph of a green frog on a citrus leaf, from this past Thursday’s post, as a reference.  It was made using colored pencils.

This artwork could inspire poetry in a number of ways.  A poet could write about:

  • The frog resting
  • The frog hiding
  • The frog waiting
  • Camouflage in nature
  • Amphibians
  • Hopping
  • Trees
  • Citrus

Poem with an explanation: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow or some other time

This is today,
but this is yesterday,
actually, in some way,
this is tomorrow,
from a certain perspective,
it’s today,
it could be yesterday,
or some other time in the past,
for now,
today is today.


This poem is about this blog post and time.  It is curious when blog posts are posted, because the date a blog post is written, the date it is posted, and the date it is read, can all be different dates.  So time varies.  That is the idea of the poem.

The more detailed explanation of the poem below, is somewhat confusing, because it deals with ideas like today, tomorrow and yesterday, which are variable depending on perspective (today, for now, is today, but tomorrow, it will be yesterday).  Hopefully it can be followed, and no mistakes were made in it.

The first line is about right now, as this is being typed (on July 20, 2015), but, this post, is for tomorrow (July 21, 2015), so, if this is posted tomorrow (July 21, 2015), then from the point of when it was posted (July 21, 2015), this is yesterday (the second line in the poem and really today (July 20, 2015)).

The next two lines in the poem [actually, in some way/this is tomorrow] reference the idea that this post is supposed to be posted tomorrow (July 21, 2015).  The next three lines though, [but/from a certain perspective, it’s today] references the idea that if this is read by a reader tomorrow (July 21, 2015) then from the point of the view of the reader, it is today (July 21, 2015, which is the date the post was (will be?) posted).

But, since this post could be read some time after tomorrow, from the point of view of the reader it could be yesterday (if the post was read on July 22, 2015 and the reader saw that the post was posted on July 21, 2015), which references the lines [although/depending/it could be yesterday], or it could be seen as [some other time in the past], for example last week, if a reader were to read this post on July 28, 2015.

Despite all of the time references above though, as the poem says [but/for now/today is today], meaning, before this is posted, it still is the present.

Poetry topic idea: Dragonflies

Today’s poetry topic idea are dragonflies.  Some poetry related ideas could be poems about:

  • Dragons
  • How dragonflies got their name
  • Relative size
  • Natural areas where dragonflies are, such as ponds
  • Flight

Dragonflies have been referenced in two previous posts on this blog.  Both had poems.  One was Poem with an explanation: Searching from May 5th of this year, and the other was A photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly from May 28th of this year.  The second post, as the name implies, has a photograph of a dragonfly.  The poems are examples of poems that can be written with a connection to dragonflies.

P.S. Set five of Photography, Artwork, Poetry and Fiction were published on MSakran.com today.