Experimental Poetry Form: backwards limerick

A limerick is a poem written in anapestic meter.  It can look as follows with the *s being unstressed syllables, the /s being stressed syllables, and the letters representing rhyming groups.

**/**/**/ A
**/**/**/ A
**/**/ B
**/**/ B
**/**/**/ A

Today’s experimental poetry form takes the limerick form above, and turns it backwards.  It looks as follows:


The idea of the experiment, is to see how the form sounds with the change.

Here’s a poem written in the form:

The poor dog he did cry all the day,
for the bone it was gone,
out somewhere in the lawn,
but next door a glad dog it did say,
“The nice bone it is mine o’ hooray!”

Poetry topic idea: dieting

Today’s poetry topic idea is dieting.  A poet could write about:

  • Different types of diets.

  • What it’s like to be on a diet.

  • Hunger during a diet.

  • Food cravings during a diet.

  • Different meals during a diet.

  • Reasons for dieting.

  • Breaking a diet.

  • Health during a diet.


Here’s a poem using the idea of dieting:

Five days,
whole grains,
and water –

gained two pounds.

Poem with an explanation: the cow calls out

In the nearness,
the seed is planted.


Far away,
the cow calls out.

The spider weaves,
a single strand.

The pulling begins.

Friction starts.

Back and forth
the waves roll.

Walking and running.

Walking and running.

The cow calls out.

The lawyer speaks,
and pleads the case.

The defendant speaks,
and says the truth.

Walking and running.

Walking and running.

The cow calls out.

The jury decides.

The cow is met.


In the sand,
there are tears.


This poem is about a person struggling with a temptation.  In this case, the temptation is ice cream.  While the subject here is light, the general ideas apply to a person struggling with any temptation.

The person in the poem is trying to watch their weight, but they also want to eat ice cream.  This creates a tension in the person and a battle of their will against the temptation.

In the first stanza of the poem (In the nearness, the seed is planted) the person gets the idea to eat ice cream.  The idea comes in a small way (tiny).  The person has a thought, completely unrelated to ice cream.  This thought though leads to another thought and then another.  This then leads them to thinking about ice cream (Far away, the cow calls out).

Once the person starts thinking about ice cream the connection of temptation starts (The spider weaves, a single strand).  It begins to pull on the person (The pulling begins).

The person resists (Friction starts).  They struggle with their want to eat ice cream and their want to watch their weight (Back and forth/ the waves roll).

The person starts to give in (Walking) but then resists (running).  They struggle and do this again (Walking and running).

They feel the temptation to eat the ice cream (The cow calls out).  They then start to rationalize eating ice cream (The lawyer speaks, and pleads the case).

The person knows this rational is wrong (The defendant speaks, and says the truth).

The person then physically struggles with the temptation.  They walk toward the freezer and away.  They do this twice. (Walking and running.  Walking and running.)

The temptation comes again (The cow calls out.)

The person loses the battle against the temptation (The jury decides).  They go and eat ice cream (The cow is met).

After some time passes (In the sand), the person regrets giving in (there are tears).

This poem explores the idea of a person struggling with a temptation.  It goes through the battle the person has from the start of the temptation to when the person feels remorse for giving in.  Although the idea presented here had to do with ice cream and eating, the basic notion could apply to any temptation.

The poem was written in a very metaphorical way.  The idea was to express the thought with imagery.

A photograph to inspire poetry: black wasp with yellow markings

black wasp with yellow markings

Above is a photograph of a black wasp with yellow markings.  It is on a fig leaf.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

the tasty figs
they seem for you
but this dark day
you’ll surely rue

beware the sting
of what you see
reach for the fig
and stung you’ll be

Experimental Poetry Form: dogs and cats

Today’s experimental poetry form is called dogs and cats.  It consists of two stanzas: the dog stanza and the cat stanza.  The stanzas reflect the behavior of the animals.


The first stanza is the dog stanza.  The dog stanza is uniform and orderly.  It has a large font and is centered on the page.  It represents an obedient dog sitting in front of a person.

The dog stanza has the following qualities:

Page layout: Centered and top of page

Font: 16

Lines: 5

Meter: iambic pentameter

Rhyme: Lines 1, 3, and 5. Lines 2 and 4.


The second stanza is the cat stanza.  The cat stanza is off to the right and lower on the page.  It is not uniform.  The font is small.  It represents a cat ignoring a person.

The cat stanza has the following qualities:

Page layout: Right aligned and lower on the page

Font: 8

Lines: 9

Line one syllable count: 5

Line two syllable count: 8

Line three syllable count: 4

Line four syllable count: 9

Line five syllable count: 7

Line six syllable count: 3

Line seven syllable count: 2

Line eight syllable count: 6

Line nine syllable count: 10

Rhyme: none

Meter: none


Generally the form looks as follows:













Poetry topic idea: time

Today’s poetry topic idea is time.  There are a number of ways a poet could write about time.  Some of them include writing about:

  • The past

  • The present

  • The future

  • Running out of time

  • Aging

  • A specific time

  • A specific moment in time

  • Infinity

  • The end of time

  • The relativity of time

  • Waiting

  • Too much time

  • Things that are timed

  • The time it takes to do things

  • The measurement of time

  • Telling time


Here is an example poem about time:

sitting in the room
feeling every tick
when will the door open

Poetry topic idea: extroversion

Today’s poetry topic idea is extroversion.  A poet could write about:

  • Being an extrovert.

  • The perception of extroversion in society.

  • The contrast between extroversion and introversion.

  • An extrovert in a situation they feel comfortable in (e.g. at a party).

  • An extrovert in a situation they feel uncomfortable in (e.g. by themselves for an extended period of time).

  • Extroversion applied to things. Examples would be things like: brightly colored birds, a vintage car, or a large flower.

  • The behavior of extroverts.

  • An introvert struggling to act like an extrovert.

  • Being labeled an extrovert.

  • Professions extroverts might do well in (e.g. sales).


Here is an example poem using the idea of extroversion:

They finally invented,
a tiny camera,
that floats in the air,
and follows you around,
all the time.
Now you can livestream,