A milestone: Leap Day

Today is a milestone for M. Sakran’s blog of and poetry and poetry related things.  It is the first Leap Day for the blog.  Happy Leap Day to all!

First, in celebration of Leap Day, here is a Leap Day Haiku:

birds in apple tree,
all are there, but one is gone,
four years of searching

Second, in celebration of Leap Day, might M. Sakran suggest reading a collection of poetry this wonderful day?  Possibly M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try?  A digital edition could be purchased and read today.  M. Sakran believes this would be a wonderful way to spend Leap Day.

Third, in celebration of Leap Day, M. Sakran suggests finding a friend and wishing them a happy Leap Day.  Giving the well-wishing as a limerick might be humorous.  Here is an example:

You should laugh on this day o’ good friend,
and spread joy with great glee ’till its end,
for the day that you see,
it is here but won’t be,
’till four years go on by a long bend.


Happy Leap Day to all!

A photograph to inspire poetry: loquat


This photograph is either unripe loquat fruit, or despite their appearance, loquat flowers that have not opened.  There is a bit of uncertainty.

In terms of poetic inspiration, this photograph, whatever it may eventually be, can inspire poetry in a number of ways:

  • A poet could write about the uncertainty of what is here. They could take that idea and apply it other situations in a poem.
  • A poet could write a poem with a scene with the fruit, for example a poem with a scene of people preparing the fruit in a kitchen
  • A poet could see that, at whatever stage this is, it is not ripe fruit. A poet could take that idea and write a poem about things that are not ready.
  • A poet could write a poem about fruit picking.


Bilingual Poem: Sugar cookie rule

The rule is,
no sugar cookie,
until the blog post is finished,
oh ….
Where is an idea?

La norma es,
no galleta de azúcar,
hasta el anunciar de blog es pulido,
ah …
¿Dónde está una idea?


Note: 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.

Experimental Poetry Form: Indention and word counts

This experimental poetry form is based off of indentions and word counts.  The form has three lines.  The first line is indented zero spaces, the second line is indented two spaces and the third line is indented fifty spaces.  The first line has one word, the second two, and the third three.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

  wind blows,
                                                  over gray tombstones

Indentions in a poetry form can create a pause, separate ideas, and create emphasis.  When this is paired with word counts, it can create a certain effect.

In the poem above, the first line, being just one word, simply states an idea.  The poem has something to do with outside.  There is no connotation that is either positive or negative.

The next line is indented two spaces.  This helps create an effect in the poem above that this line is somehow about the first.  At this stage, the reader of the poem knows about wind blowing outside, yet, again there is no positive or negative connotation.  The limitation of two words, means that the idea has to be simply stated.

The last line is indented fifty spaces.  It is set apart from the first two lines.  This setting apart gives an effect.  It is almost like hearing something, turning a corner, and seeing what it is.  There is a small element of surprise.  This line ends the poem with a negative connotation.  Having three words means that that idea can be expressed somewhat more.

Using the form describe, and changing the last line, the effect of the poem could also have been positive.  For example, the poem could have been:

  wind blows,
                                                  butterfly shaped kites

The last line being changed alters the effect of the poem, although the form and the first two lines are the same.

This experimental poetry form combining indentions and word counts can be used to express many ideas.  The form is simple, so that the ideas can be more focused on.

Poetry topic idea: a made up word

Today’s poetry idea is “a made up word”.

A made up word can be many things.  Some examples might be:

  • a hidden insult
  • a modified negative exclamation
  • a code word
  • a word for something new
  • multiple words put together
  • something a child might say
  • a name for something imaginary

Each of these ideas, as well as others, could be used in poetry.  A poet could make up a word, think about its underlying meaning, and use the word in a poem.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Cartoon man

Cartoon man

The above is an artwork of a cartoon man.  This artwork can inspire poetry.

A poet could write about the man, for example by writing about his condition.  A poet might look at the man and think he seems slightly sad.  A poet could write a poem about why, for example, by writing that the man is unemployed.

The man is dressed casually.  A poet could see this and write about the man’s condition, expressing why he might be dressed that way.

A poet might look at the man and think he seems nervous.  A poet could use this idea in a poem.

Poem with an explanation: sounds

thump, thump, thump,

thump, thump,


This poem is about basketball.  It is about the sound.  It describes a person standing alone playing basketball.

In the first stanza, the person dribbles slowly twice, dribbles three times quickly, then makes a basket.

In the second stanza, the ball bounces twice after the person made the basket.  The person gets the ball, dribbles twice, and then makes another basket.

In the third stanza, the ball bounces twice after the basket, the person dribbles once, shoots, but the ball hits the rim.  The ball falls and bounces twice.  The person gets it, shoots again, but they hit the rim again.  The ball bounces twice again after hitting the rim, the person gets it and then shoots a basket.

The idea of the poem is about the visualization and the sound of the person playing basketball.


P.S. Today on MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.

Poem: hope

It’s not the rejection,
it’s the one more rejection.

It’s the feeling,
that it all stands still,
here it is,
here it stays.

Standing outside,
hand out,
hoping a gold coin,
falls into it,
at first might make sense,
but …
how many days is it?

There’s trying,
there’s thinking,
there’s all the things,
no gold coin,
falls in the hand.

Today though,
there isn’t giving up,
there’s that irrational persistence,
that hope of the coin,
that hope that eventually,
sitting among the apple trees,
this will be a nice story.

Artwork to inspire poetry: flower with the look of an aged ink drawing

flower with the look of an aged ink drawing

This artwork is of a flower.  It was made using a pencil followed by computer alteration.  Through the alteration, the flower was given the look of an aged ink drawing.  It has the resemblance of an old field sketch.

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

  • look at the style of the artwork and write a poem about circumstances in which it could have been made
  • notice that the flower is tilted over and find a symbolism in this
  • contrast the look of the artwork with the idea of a bright colorful flower
  • write a poem examining if the flower is a weed or not and the idea of the classification