A milestone: 400th post

This is the 400th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  The first post was on April 24, 2014 (which was 585 days ago).  It is M. Sakran’s sincere hope that readers have enjoyed the blog.

On the blog, there have been poems, poems with explanations, artworks to inspire poetry, poetry topic ideas, experimental poetry forms, photographs to inspire poetry, bilingual poems, and posts with other things.

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In commemoration of the 400th blog post, here is a poem:

This is the 400th blog post commemoration poem.
It should have something significant,
hmm …

What if the poem had four hundred words?
Would that be commemorative?
Would anyone notice?

What if,
the poem had four hundred syllables,
…wait, that could be hard.

What if,
the poem mentioned things that were four hundred,
like six and two thirds minutes,
or eighty hands,
or two hundred pairs of socks?
Would that be commemorative?
Hmm …

Maybe the poem could have symbolism,
like drops of rain,
or sand on the shore,
or fall leaves,
hmm …

There needs to be something commemorative,
something with enough significance,
for the four hundredth post,

maybe there could be references to past posts,
or references to past milestones,
or just references to something past,
hmm …

at the very least,
if none of the above would work,
at least there’s this poem,
but wait,
if there’s just a little more effort,
just a little more drops in the bucket,
just a little more,
(hold on, a check …
no, not quite),
there was a silly thought,
that actually happened somewhere above,
of maybe having four hundred syllables in this poem,
and maybe referencing that idea in the poem,
with the thought,
that it might make,
a nice effect,
sort of circular,
but no,
as of two lines above,
the total count,
was only three hundred and four,
and so,
the word count idea,
the idea of things that are four hundred,
the idea of symbolism,
and apparently,
the idea of syllable count,
just wouldn’t flow,
so maybe this poem should just end,
and there should be an ending haiku,

four hundredth blog post,
yes, four hundred syllables,
take some time and count

Artwork to inspire poetry: A hand

A hand

This is a drawing of a hand.  It can be used to inspire poetry.  Some ideas might be to write a poem about:

  • Hand surgery
  • A person working with their hands
  • A moment (the hand appears still, as if it’s pausing)
  • People meeting (as in, shaking hands)
  • A different view (this is not the back of the hand or the palm of the hand, but the side of the hand)


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.  Happy Thanksgiving.  In relation to this, there will be no posts on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things November 26, 2015 through November 29, 2015.

This Monday, November 30, 2015, is scheduled to be the 400th post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Bilingual Poem: The other side

One side, the other side – reflect,
the change of place is not thought on,
the light that’s on eyes don’t detect,
one side, the other side – reflect.
If said aloud some might object,
and say the past it is so gone,
one side, the other side – reflect,
the change of place is not thought on.

Uno lado, el otro lado – relfexionan,
el cambio de lugar no es pensaron en,
la luz ese es en ojos no descubren,
uno lado, el otro lado – relfexionan.
Si dijo en voz alta es possible algunos poner reparos,
y dicen el pasado es tan fue,
uno lado, el otro lado – relfexionan,
el cambio de lugar no es pensaron en.



As noted previously, M. Sakran is not bilingual, and therefore there may be some errors in the Spanish translation above.  Please forgive any errors in the translation.

The English poem is written as a triolet.  That form, was not necessarily maintained in the Spanish translation.

A Milestone: Five hundred days since the publication of First Try


First Try Cover

First Try Copyright 2014 M. Sakran.
Book cover Copyright 2014 eLectio Publishing.  Book cover used with permission.


Today is the five hundredth day since the publication of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry First Try.  First Try is available online from Amazon here: First Try and from the publisher here: First Try.

The first six poems of the collection, can be read from the Amazon page or, on the blog here: first six poems.

M. Sakran sincerely hopes, that anyone who has enjoyed the blog (which by the way, is scheduled to have its four hundredth post soon) will consider purchasing the book. Hopefully it will be enjoyed as well.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Sketch of a dog’s head

Sketch of a dog's head

This artwork is a sketch of dog’s head.  It was made using a 4B pencil followed by some computer alteration.  This artwork can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  For example, a poet could write about:

  • The dog
  • Sketching
  • Generalization vs detail (as in a sketch vs a detailed drawing)
  • An artist
  • Lack of emotion (the dog isn’t smiling or looking sad)

Experimental Poetry Form: First and Last Words

This experimental poetry form is called First and Last Words.  It contains one stanza of eight lines.  Each line is written in iambic tetrameter.  In the form, first and last words repeat according to the pattern that follows:

Line 1: Word A … Word B
Line 2: Word C … Word D
Line 3: Word G … Word H
Line 4: Word E … Word F
Line 5: Word B … Word C
Line 6: Word H … Word A
Line 7: Word D … Word E
Line 8: Word F … Word G

So in the form, the last word of Line 1 is the first word of Line 5, the first word of line 2 is the last word of line 5, the last word of line 2 is the first word of line 7, etc.

The idea of the form, is in some way to have ideas repeat.

A photograph to inspire poetry: A flower with leaves

A flower with leaves

This is a photograph of a flower.  There are a couple of interesting aspects here.  First, the flower’s petals (presumably those are what the pink items are) are separated, they are not close together, as would be seen in something like a rose.  Second, the leaves on the plant are a mixture of red and green.  This is different from plants that generally have green leaves.

This photograph can inspire poetry from its interesting aspects.  Some ideas include:

  • A Christmas poem, as inspired by the red and green leaves
  • A poem about being different, as inspired by either the leaves or the petals
  • A poem about things that are separated, but not necessarily in a negative sense, as inspired by the petals

Poem with an explanation: Finches and leaves

The finches flew about the sky,
as fallen leaves blew in the breeze,
their wings did flap as they flew high,
the finches flew about the sky.
As up above the flock went by,
the leaves blew on with simple ease,
the finches flew about the sky,
as fallen leaves blew in the breeze.

The above poem is a triolet.  The idea of the poem is the relation of two images: finches flying and leaves blowing.  The A rhyme lines (lines 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7) are about the finches flying, and the B rhyme lines (lines 2, 6, and 8) are about the leaves blowing.  The images are a similar: a group of birds moving and a group of leaves moving, but they also contrast: the birds are active (they are flying) and the leaves are passive (they are being blown).