Poem with an explanation: guilt

On the outskirts,
hearing the thunder,
seeing the lightening,
and in the darkness,

In the light of morning,
through the glass,
a breeze is blowing,
and all is calm.

In the light of morning,
through the glass,
the river rages,
and all is gone.

In the field,
having dodged the bullet,
seeing the form,
upon the ground.

It seems injustice,
to sit in the breeze,
while the river rages,
so nearby.

It seems injustice,
to feel the thoughts,
then turn the eyes,
to something new.


This poem is about the guilt that comes with being near a natural disaster, but not severely impacted by it personally.  Think of someone, for example, in the area where Hurricane Harvey hit, but they and their home are fine.  They see all the devastation on television and feel a sense of guilt that, although they are part of it, they aren’t experiencing what others are experiencing.

In the first stanza, the person is on the outskirts of the impacted area.  They hear the thunder and see the lightening, as the storm happens around them.  At night, they look out at the rain, and wonder if their house will flood.

In the second stanza, the day after the rain ends, the person, in the morning, looks out their window and sees nice weather and that all is peaceful.  Their home did not flood.

In the third stanza, after the person looks through their window, they turn on their television.  They see the flood waters and the destruction.

The fourth stanza switches the scene.  It uses the metaphor of a battlefield.  The person in the poem is shown as standing in a battlefield.  They have just had the terrifying moment of being closely missed by a bullet.  As they stand there in shock, they see someone dead next to them, who the bullet hit.  This is a metaphor for their situation.  The storm came near to them, but impacted someone else.

In the fifth stanza, the person feels guilt that they are alright, while nearby, there is devastation.

In the sixth stanza, the person realizes how they feel.  They realize that they feel bad about what is happening, but more so, that they will soon turn to something else.  They feel bad that they are going to get on with their lives as if nothing happened.

In terms of form, the poem has six stanzas.  The first stanza has five lines and all of the rest have four.  The first two lines of stanzas two and three are the same.  In stanzas two and three, the first three words of the fourth lines are the same.  The first lines of stanzas five and six are the same.

Poetry topic idea: Hurricane Harvey

Today’s poetry topic idea is Hurricane Harvey.

Please write poems about the hurricane, Houston, and Southeast Texas and encourage everyone to help and donate.

Here is a poem using the poetry topic idea:

Everything flooded,
so regular people,
brought out their boats,
to rescue strangers –

that’s a Texan.

Poem: unfulfilled goals

The goals,
from a decade ago,
the goals,
from a year ago,
are still the goals,
of today.

In the distance,
is something that shimmers,
an oasis,
but a mirage.

No one said,
that the world would spin the other way,
and that all the steps,
would lead nowhere.

There are days,
when it seems that everything should change,
so that something could change.

There are days,
when out in the ocean,
the wind is still,
and all around,
is water.

Artwork to inspire poetry: love bugs

Love bugs

This artwork is of love bugs.  These bugs might also be called by other names.  At times, the bugs fly about attached to each other, hence their name.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Love, relationships and assorted ideas.

  • The idea of attachment.

  • Pairs.

  • Jealousy.

  • Letting go.

Here is a poem inspired by this artwork:

Holding hands,
in the park,
their first date

P. S. On MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction. The photograph is of a water lily, the artwork is of mandarin orange wedge, the poetry is about sunset on a lake, and the fiction is a short story about two women going to swim at a lake.  All of the items can inspire poetry.  Take a look at them, and let M. Sakran know what you think by using the form on the Contact page.

Artwork to inspire poetry: abstract colored leaf

Abstract Colored Leaf

This artwork is of an abstract colored leaf.  Generally, the stem of the leaf is purple, the top of the leaf is blue, and the bottom of the leaf is orange.

The artwork was based off of a photograph of a leaf.  A general outline was drawn, the bottom was colored two shades of orange, the stem was colored purple, and the top was colored two shades of blue.  The drawing was scanned and then computer altered.

The idea was to create an artwork with some realism, but more color.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

blue leaves,
rise in the spring,
no one wonders

Artwork to inspire poetry: lime


This artwork is of a lime.  It started out as a colored pencil drawing, which was then scanned and computer altered.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Do you ever wonder about the scar?
Do you ever ask?
Would that be weird?

there’s a story,
maybe profound,
maybe traumatic,
maybe mundane.

In the healing,
there is a history,
not just of it,
but of the million,
infinite things,
that came before.

Asking or not,
there is the other perspective,
of the one with the scar,
who feels the eyes that look,
and those that look away,
and those that try to look,
like they are not looking.

They hear the question,
they feel it upon them,
as their mind runs through,
all the options.

The next time you see,
get to the point,
where you no longer wonder.

Experimental Poetry Form: moving rhyme

This experimental poetry form is called moving rhyme.  The form consists of five lines, each with five words.  The last word of the first line, rhymes with the fourth word of the second line, the third word of the third line, the second word of the fourth line and the first word of the fifth line.  The structure looks like this:

* * * * R
* * * R *
* * R * *
* R * * *
R * * * *

Here is an example poem written in the form:

You want to have gold?
That’s such a bold thing.
Were you told you would,
soon hold all that value?
Sold a lie you were.