Poem with an explanation: Apples from orange trees

She picked an apple,
from the orange tree,
and fed it to a wolf.

The wolf then went,
to find a deer,
and told it of lake.

The deer then went,
to find the lake,
and drank all of the sand.

And in the sand,
it saw acorns,
that fell from the pine trees.

It planted one,
in the water,
and stood beneath the moon.

And in the dark,
the tree grew orange,
with apples on its stems.

She picked an apple,
from the orange tree,
and fed it to a wolf.


This poem is surreal and a little like a fairy tale.  The general idea of the girl, with the animals that behave like people, is part of the fairy tale.  In each stanza, there is at least one element that is surreal.

In the first stanza, the girl picks an apple, from an orange tree.  This is surreal.  It is also a little play on words, because the tree is colored orange, rather than having oranges on it.  Then, she feeds the apple to a wolf.  This is surreal, because a wolf does not eat apples.

In the second stanza, the wolf goes, and finds a deer.  Rather that eating the deer or even telling it of the apple from the orange tree, it tells it of something that seems completely unrelated, a lake.  This is all surreal.

In the third stanza, the deer goes to lake, but rather than drinking the water from it, it drinks the sand around it.  This is surreal.

In the fourth stanza, the deer finds acorns in the sand.  This is surreal because acorns would normally be in a forest.  Additionally, these acorns, did not fall from oak trees, but instead pine trees.  This is also surreal.

In the fifth stanza, the deer plants an acorn, but not in the sand, but in the water.  This is surreal.  The deer is standing beneath the moon.  Up to this point, readers may have thought the poem was in daytime.  This adds to the fairy tale element of it.

In the sixth stanza, the tree from the acorn grew in the dark (as opposed to the light).  The tree also came out colored orange, with apples on its stems.  This, again, is all surreal.

The last stanza, is like the first, and brings circularity to the poem.  It also shows that what the wolf told the deer was actually related to its experience.


Poetry topic idea: empty

Today’s poetry idea is empty.  Empty can have different uses for poetry.  There is a literal use of the word and a non-literal use.  Some things poets can write about are:

  • A person feeling empty
  • A person wanting to find something, but finding the container of it is empty
  • The act of emptying something
  • Using the sound of the word empty, and focusing on the letters MT, which sound like the sound, in a poem
  • A person wanting something to be empty

Artwork to inspire poetry: oil and spices

oil and spices

This artwork was made in a somewhat unique way.  It was made by adding paprika and cinnamon to vegetable oil, stirring it, and then sprinkling turmeric on top.  A photograph was taken, and the image was cropped and computer altered to give the artwork above.

This artwork can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  Some ideas include:

  • The artwork looks like something that might be in a pool of a cave or in a hot spring pool. A poet could write about that.
  • The artwork has the look of something that might be on another planet. A poet could use that for an idea.
  • The artwork looks very different than the original work. This could inspire poetry.
  • The artwork looks like something that might be found in a petri dish. This could inspire poetry.

Poem with an explanation: A timeless space

A timeless space,
where time does not seem to flow,
where time is wanted to flow,
where time is not wanted to flow.

and cold,
under lights,
that aren’t real.

and waiting,
and fearing the specter,
with silent steps,
that may be bring something,
that crushes the soul.


This poem is about waiting for the results of someone’s operation in a hospital waiting room.

The room is described as A timeless space, because while there, time does not seem the same as it used to.  As described in the poem, it is a place, where time does not seem to flow.

The next two lines of the first stanza, describe a conflicting emotion.  On the one hand, while waiting in the room, there is a sense of wanting time to move forward, so that the outcome can be known.  On the other hand, there is dread over what the outcome may be, and so, there is a sense of not wanting time to move forward, so as to delay knowing.

The next stanza describes the physical appearance of the room.  It is barren and cold and the fluorescent lights are described as not being real.  The room has a starkness to it, that matches the anticipatory emotion.

In the last stanza, there is waiting, and then as time does not seem to move, there is more waiting, and there is fear of the specter, which represents the person who will bring the news.  Before the results are known, this person is seen as something dreadful.

The specter, moves with silent steps, to signify one, that a specter floats, and two, that the hospital person may be wearing tennis shoes which are quiet when walking in.

The last two lines describe the fear of the worst possible outcome.

In terms of form, this poem has three stanzas.  The first stanza refers to time, the second refers to the physical room, and the third refers to waiting and fear.

The first stanza is four lines, the second is four lines, and the third is six lines long.

In the first stanza, each line refers to time.  Also, the last three lines all start with where time and end in to flow.  The last two lines are the same except for the last line having the word not.

The second stanza has the fewest words of the three stanzas and all its lines have three words or less.

In terms of form, in the last stanza, waiting is repeated in the first and second lines.

Experimental Poetry Form: Refrains

C – R

          D – R

F – R

          D – R

I – R

          D – R

This experimental poetry form has a number of elements.

There are six stanzas (assuming refrain lines are considered stanzas).  There is a three line stanza, followed by a refrain line.  Then a two line stanza, followed by the refrain line.  Then a three line stanza, followed by the refrain line.

As noted above, the form has three refrain lines.  The refrain lines are indented ten spaces.

All of the lines are written in iambic tetrameter.

The last lines of each multiline stanza rhyme, along with the refrain lines.

The main aspect of this form is the refrain.  The idea here is to repeat the line for significance.  The rhyming also adds to that effect.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

When after a small step that’s short,
a hammer strikes upon the back,
and to the floor a form does fall,

          a sense of life does fill it all.

A cringe, a wince and then the breath,
as light does flee without a call,

          a sense of life does fill it all.

As one does stand and see that space,
a soft white cloud does float on down,
and rest upon the broken wall,

          a sense of life does fill it all.

Poetry topic idea: heat

Today’s poetry topic idea is heat.  Depending on which hemisphere a person lives in, there might be quite a large amount of heat where a person lives this time of year.  As time is spent in this heat, many poetry topic ideas can come.  A poet could think to write about:

  • The physical stress of being in the heat.
  • The relief that would be felt being in the cold.
  • The effect of the heat on plants.
  • The effect of the heat on animals
  • The effect of the heat on water.
  • A physical description of how the place is in the heat.
  • The desire for water.