Poem Series: George

In commemoration of the life of George the parakeet, there will be a poem series in her honor.  It will start today and continue for a total of ten posts.  Please think of George.

Here is the first poem

last night,
it just felt so odd,
the cage door had to be closed,
the cage had to be covered,
just like every night,
even though,
there really wasn’t a reason,
it just felt so odd,
not to have done it

Poem Series: Time

It has been a while since there has been a poem series on this blog.  The last one appears to be the poem series: Dogs, which started on January 27, 2016 and ended February 9, 2016.  You can read the poems in that series, as well as in the ones before it, here: poem series.

Today will be the start of a new poem series.  The subject of the poem series will be time.

The series will consist of ten poems.  The poems will be posted in the next nine posts plus this post (for a total of ten), unless some event occurs to supersede the series, in which case the series will continue after the superseding.

Please enjoy the Time poem series.

Here is the first poem:

Looking back,
there’s the thought,
of all the different decisions,
that would be made.

Looking forward,
there’s the thought,
that one day,
will there be looking back,
with the thought,
of all the different decisions,
that would be made?

But in the present,
looking forward,
it’s hard to know,
what looking back,
will see.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Introduction

Today is the start of The Dragonfly Post Series.  Dragonflies are interesting little creatures by themselves, and are also interesting from metaphorical and symbolic perspectives.

This series will contain (not necessarily in this order):

4 Photographs for inspiration

2 Bilingual poems

2 Experimental poetry forms

2 Poetry topic ideas

2 Poems with explanations

1 Poem

1 Artwork for inspiration

The items in the series will start tomorrow and continue at least through April 12, 2017.  There will be an interruption of the series on Monday March 27, 2017 for a special post and if something comes up there may be either additions to posts or possibly interruptions.

So far on this blog, there have already been a few posts that reference dragonflies.  They include (at least):

Artwork to inspire poetry: dragonfly from March 20, 2017,

Poetry topic idea: Dragonflies from July 20, 2015,

A photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly from May 28, 2015,

Poem with an explanation: Searching from May 5, 2015, and

Post Series: The Orange Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Orange from September 5, 2014.

Please enjoy the series

Post Series: Artworks to inspire poetry: Dog Related: Orange eye

Dog's Eye

Today is the start of new post series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  This series will be a series of artworks to inspire poetry related to dogs.

Each of the posts will have a dog related artwork, a poem inspired by it, and a mention of how the artwork was made.  Each of the artworks will not only be of something different, but each will also be done in a different way.  For example, today’s artwork was done using colored pencils followed by some computer alteration.  (Most of the artworks will most likely involve some computer alteration, however, the preceding work will be different for each artwork.)

The series will consist of ten posts, including this one, and should run from today, through April 1.  If something comes up, it may supersede the series, in which case, the series will continue after the superseding.  Please enjoy the series.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork above:

Looking up,
with an orange glow,
the wildflower,
smiled.

Post Series: The Poems with Explanations Series: Understanding

Today will be the start of a new post series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  Past post series have been: The Christmas Series, Seven Apples, The Citrus Series, The Tea Series, and The Orange Series.  This will be The Poems with Explanations Series.

This series will be a series of poems with explanations.  Poems with explanations have appeared frequently on this blog, and this will be a series of them.

The series will start with this post and contain nine other posts.  The series will run from today through Friday March 18, unless something interrupts it.

The idea of poems with explanations, is to help readers understand how poems are written, learn to see symbolism in poems, get ideas for symbolism in poems, and learn how form affects poems.  Hopefully readers will enjoy the series.  Here is the first poem with an explanation:

Understanding

A sledge hammer is swung,
collapsing,
a hope for the bell,
but the crowd roars.

No one counts,
a few slaps to the face,
here’s some water,
then hail stones fall.

A hope for cotton,
there it is,
dabbing a forehead,
pulling back,
the battering ram swings.

There on the ground,
amid the tiny particles,
there’s no darkness.

So there’s spinning,
and revolutions,
and there on the outside,
the former stands.

Looking in,
seeing nothing,
but a tap with a feather,
a shout,
and a force,
and then,
as h taps the shoulder,
an understanding,
and cotton flies.

 

This poem is about understanding the illness or physical pain of others.  Often when someone complains of illness or physical pain, it is easy to be dismissive.  It is easy to say, “That pain’s not real.  It’s not that bad.  It’s just in your head.  Just deal with it.”  It’s easy to be frustrated or annoyed with the illness or pain of another, if that illness or pain causes some inconvenience.  Obviously, these feelings are wrong, however, they can be easy to feel – until of course, a person stops and thinks back to a pain or illness they have had or felt and what it was like to hear dismissive words.  Then a sense of empathy can arise and feelings can change.

The poem uses a number of metaphors to express the main idea.  The main metaphor is that of boxing.  The poem uses boxing to describe an illness someone has and then to describe when they are on the other side of someone else’s illness.

The first stanza describes a boxer being hit and falling down.  The boxer is hoping the round will end, but it doesn’t.

In the second stanza, the boxer, after being hit, is hoping for the referee to count them out, so the match can be over.  Instead, they get to their feet, and go to their corner.  In their corner, their coach slaps them in the face a few times to wake them up and splashes some water on them.  The boxer goes back to fight and gets hit again.

In the third stanza, as the boxer is being hit, they are hoping their coach will throw in the towel.  Instead, when they look at their coach, their coach is using the towel to clear some sweat from their own forehead.  As the boxer glances, they are hit with a hard blow.

In the fourth stanza, the boxer is on the ground, but doesn’t pass out.  They are counted out, but still feel the pain.

In the fifth stanza, years go by and the boxer is now a coach standing on the ringside while their own fighter fights.

As they watch the fight, they see their boxer get hit, but think of the blows as not hurting.  They shout for their fighter to keep going and fight harder.  Then, they have a memory.  They think back to when they fought and what their coach had done.  As they feel a sense of hypocrisy, they feel an empathy for their fighter, and throw in the towel.

Poem Series: Dogs

Up to this point, there have been six poem series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  They were: Experimental Poetry Forms, The Sun, Tanka poems, Rondeaux poems, Weather, and Space.

Today will be the start of a new poem series.  The poem series will have poems related to dogs.

The series will consist of ten poems.  The poems will be posted in the next nine posts plus this post (for a total of ten), unless some event occurs to supersede the series, in which case the series will continue after the superseding.

Please enjoy the Dogs poem series.

Here is the first poem:

The eyes look away …

turn quietly,
and slip from the harness,

Ha, ha, silly human!

Post Series: The Christmas Series: Introduction with poem

Today is December 1.  Starting today, and through at least December 23rd, there will be a Christmas post series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  This means, that the posts from now through at least December 23rd, will be Christmas related in some way.  The series is called, The Christmas Series.  Counting today’s post, the series will consist of at least seventeen posts.  The series may end on the 23rd, but may continue again starting on the 28th.  If it does, it will continue through January 5th, 2016.  A determination has not yet been made.

The previous post series have been Seven Apples, The Citrus Series, The Tea Series, and The Orange Series.  They can be seen here: Post Series.

To start the series, today’s post has a poem made of a haiku, a tanka, and an iambic tetrameter rhyming couplet put together:

The series starts here,
Christmas posts all in a row,
like Christmas lights on a roof.

Some posts may cause cheer,
some may cause contemplation,
and some may cause both,
like opening wrapped presents,
then helping homeless people.

So sing some songs and have some fun,
and think some thoughts before you’re done.

Post Series: Seven Apples: Stage One

This is the first post of a four post series called Seven Apples.  The series is based around four stages of an artwork.  The artwork is based off of seven different kinds of apples in two rows.  The first stage is a photograph of the apples, the second stage is a black and white drawing of the photograph, the third stage is a colored pencil drawing done over the black and white drawing, and the fourth stage is an acrylic painting done over the colored pencil drawing.

Each of the posts in the series will consist of the artwork at one of the stages, a poem inspired by the artwork at that stage, and a note about how the artwork can inspire poetry.

Here is the first stage:

Seven Apples Stage One

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork at this stage:

the seven apples
are arranged by their sizes
some are green, some red,
tree blossoms from some time past,
dispersed without an order

As can be seen from the poem above, one inspiration from this artwork is the idea of order.  The apples in the photograph are ordered by size.  The idea of this order could inspire poetry about how that order compares to a more random situation, as was done in the poem above.

As a note, the idea for part of the artwork of this post series was actually written about in a previous post.  The post was called Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Hopping frog: Seven apples, and was from September 29th, 2015.

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms

On M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, there have been forty experimental poetry forms.  Thirty seven of the forms were by themselves, and three were part of post series.

As a commemoration of having forty experimental poetry forms on this blog, starting with Monday’s post, there will be forty posts, each with a poem, with each poem using one of the forty experimental poetry forms that have been on this blog.  The forms used will follow the order that the forms were shown on this blog.

During the forty posts, there may be some interrupting posts for things like milestones, pending publication items, published items, or something else that requires its own post.

The experimental poetry forms on this blog have been (and this is also the order the forms used will be in):

Three

Flows and Stops

Lines with internal rhymes

Symmetry

Five Couplets

52431

Underplay

Sprinkled salt

Simple Rhyming Pattern

Mixture

Orange

Brewed Tea

Random Rhyming

Starting Rhyme

8-4-6 ordering

Grouping

Free verse and one word rhymes

Alphabetical order rhyme

Indention

Two Stanzas

One hundred feet

The Letter E

Electrical Outlet

Rhyming and Indention

Stanzas, syllables and repeats

Mailbox

Fifteen one word lines

One line, fifteen or less words

Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern

A list

Five sets of two

Filter

Paragraph of poems

5/15/15

Two coins

Alternating first and last rhymes

Acrostic matching and rhyming

Eight

Ham Sandwich

Hopping frog

Post Series: The Citrus Series

On M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, there have been two Post Series.  They were The Tea Series and The Orange Series.  This series is The Citrus Series.

Unlike the first two series, which were based off ideas (tea and the color orange).  This series will be based off of a photograph.  The photograph is of an unripe citrus fruit.  It is below.

Unripe citrus fruit

There will be seven posts in the series, including this one.  They will consist of: a photograph to inspire poetry (this post), an artwork to inspire poetry, a poem, a poem with an explanation, a poetry topic idea, an experimental poetry form, and a bilingual poem.

As mentioned, this post is the first of the series and is a photograph to inspire poetry.

The photograph above, of an unripe citrus fruit, can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  For example, a poet could write about waiting or anticipation.  A poet could also write about the idea of something growing and changing over time.  A poet might write about the ideas of hope and possibilities.  These are broader ideas that can come from this photograph.

Obviously, a poet could also be more direct, and write poetry about a citrus fruit, a citrus tree or an unripe fruit in a poem.  A poet could also write about gardening or farming.  Additionally, a poet could write about things that are green.

As a related side note, today on MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.  It has to do with lemon blossoms (which were on a different plant than this one).  The photograph, artwork and fiction there can inspire poetry and there is a poem there to read.  That set, led to the idea for this post series.