Experimental Poetry Form: ten two word lines

This experimental poetry form is called ten two word lines.  The name describes it.  There are ten lines, each with two words.  The line length and total number of words is low, but the number of lines is high.  The idea is to see how these contrasting form elements effect the presentation of the poem.

Here is an example poem:

Sitting there,
sign up,
looking on,
cars passing,
none looking,
none stopping,
wondering if,
all think,
bold words,
are lies.

Milestone: Three Year Anniversary

Today is the three year anniversary of the very first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.


Three years.

It’s been a lot.  There have been so many posts about so many different things.  It has been an experience doing it all.  There is way too much that could be said about writing over seven hundred and fifty posts.

Here’s a haiku just to say a little:

pebbles in the pond,
seven hundred and more,
so many ripples

Hopefully, some readers, somewhere, have enjoyed what has been on this blog.  Hopefully it has been entertaining, educational, insightful, inspirational and other things.  Hopefully someone has gotten something from it.

If you’ve liked this blog at all, you would make M. Sakran’s day if you would do one or more (hopefully more) of the following:

  • Like this post. It’s really easy, takes a second or so, and is hopefully something everyone will do.

  • Follow this blog. This too is easy, takes only slightly more than a second or so, and means that you might see M. Sakran’s blog posts in your reader (a fun and amazing thing for sure).

  • Read more posts on this blog. There is a page with links to every single post.  It is the Posts List page. Go there.  Find a post.  Read it.  Repeat.

  • Tell your friends (as well as acquaintances and people you only barely know) about M. Sakran’s blog. Maybe put a mention of it on your blog or social media page.  Doing so will bring a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.

  • Use the Contact Page to contact M. Sakran. You don’t have to put any other information other than your comment.  Tell M. Sakran anything.  Say what you think of the blog.  Say what you’d like to see.  Tell M. Sakran about your blog.  Write a recipe for rhubarb pie. Anything.

  • Go to www.MSakran.com. It is M. Sakran’s website.  There is a whole lot there (like poems, artwork, even a whole science fiction novel).

  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook of poems with explanations: Understanding: poems with explanations. Doing so will actually cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.

  • Purchase a copy of M. Sakran’s collection of poetry, First Try. Doing so will also cause M. Sakran to dance with joy.

Thank you to all readers.

Poetry topic idea: roasted salted pumpkin seeds

Today’s poetry topic idea is roasted salted pumpkin seeds.

This may seem like a random and obscure poetry topic idea – and that was part of the notion.  It was picked partly because of that.

The idea, is that even something as random, obscure, and specific, as roasted salted pumpkin seeds could be used in poetry.  In addition, it could be used in poems that had depth.

For example, imagine writing a poem about someone with obsessive compulsive disorder.  This is a very significant thing.  Something not terribly significant, such as the aforementioned pumpkin seeds, could be used to express this idea.  Imagine writing a poem, where the person with OCD, constantly eats the seeds or eats them in a certain way.  The poem could be written, in such a way, as to express the idea of OCD, without ever saying it.

As another example, roasted salted pumpkin seeds could be used in a poem about humiliation.  Imagine a poem where someone has a bowl of discarded roasted salted pumpkin seed shells dumped on their head.  In this case, again, something relatively meaningless (the seeds) was used to express something with significance (a person’s humiliation).

This general idea, of applying something insignificant to a significant idea, could be used with many other things and with many other ideas as well.

Poetry topic idea: accidents

Today’s poetry topic idea is accidents.

Accidents could be viewed in different ways and from different perspectives.

Accidents could be major things, such as car accidents, or minor things, such as spilling a drink.

Accidents could be viewed from the person who commits the accident, or, if there is one, from the person who is the recipient of it.

Looking at accidents, one could look at issues, such as responsibility, accountability, intention, apology and guilt.

Accidents could be viewed as having negative consequences (e.g. a car accident) or positive consequences (e.g. if not for some accident, the couple would never have met).

Here is an accident related poem:

Cutting the hair,
the guard slipped …

uh …
does anyone have a hat?

Poem with an explanation: There is joy

There is joy,
for nothing is the same.

no matter what,
all was lost.

no matter what,
all is won.

Floating in nothingness,
seeing it all crumble,
realizing it will be burned,
it made the greatest endeavors,
into sand castles.

But here,
but now,
but after unspeakable triumph,
all has meaning,
all has purpose,
all has fulfilment.

There is joy,
for nothing is the same.


Yesterday was Easter (Pascha).  Happy Easter!  Easter, is what this poem’s about.

The poem examines the reality of life and death before The Resurrection and after.  The poem follows a pattern of before and after.

In terms of the pattern, the stanzas are: 1st – after, 2nd – before, 3rd – after, 4th – before, 5th – after, 6th – after.

The poem uses the alternation found in stanzas 2 – 5 to compare and contrast the reality of life and death before and after The Resurrection.  It talks about a sense of meaninglessness (before) and a sense of meaning (after).

In terms of form, the poem is six stanzas.  Stanzas 1 and 6 are the same.  Stanzas 2 and 3 follow a pattern.  In stanza 5, the first three lines start with “but” and the last three start with “all has”.

Happy Easter!