Poem with an explanation: 3 slices of bread

3 slices of bread
eyes close

steak with seasoning forming a crust
potatoes fried and crispy
peas and carrots with butter
apple pie
coffee

 

In this poem a person is hungry and poor.  All they have to eat is three slices of bread.  In their condition, they close their eyes and imagine the bread to be a dinner of steak, potatoes, peas and carrots, apple pie, and coffee.  The poem generally is about a person in a current condition imagining themselves in a better condition.

Poem with an explanation: the plant wilted

the plant wilted
in the morning sun
searching for a cool breeze

This poem metaphorically describes a situation.  In the poem a person is outside working.  The person is represented by the plant.  The day is hot though and the person is affect by the heat even in the morning.  This is represented by the plant wilting.  The level of heat is referenced by the idea that the morning (rather than hotter afternoon) sun caused the effect.  The person then wants there to be a cool breeze for relief.  This is referenced by the idea of searching in the poem.  This idea also references the idea that person decides to go inside where there is air conditioning to get away from the heat.

This poem also has the idea that its meaning for a reader could change depending on how it is read (apart from the explanation above).  A reader could read the poem and think that the plant wilted and so went searching for a cool breeze, or they could read the poem and think the plant wilted while searching for a cool breeze.  These two situations are different and could impart different ideas.

Poem with an explanation: under the red sky

under the red sky
upon the sand
the waves stopped crashing
but for a moment

In this poem, a person was sleeping on a sofa.  The person was covered with a red blanket (under the red sky) and was sleeping on a brown sofa (upon the sand).  The person had a stressful day, but in their sleep they found peace (the waves stopped crashing).  The peace lasted while the person slept (but for a moment).

Poem with an explanation: soup

chicken
legs and thighs
nine pieces
turned to eighteen

soup
broth

rice
frozen mixed vegetables
water
salt

enough
for a week

doing the math
figuring the dollars per day
doing the math
hoping it lasts

 

In this poem a person has little money and little income.  They are planning how they will eat.  They are planning to make chicken soup with rice and vegetables and have that for every meal.

The person buys chicken.  The cheapest per pound they found was a large bag of legs and thighs.  It contained nine pieces of legs and thighs together that they cut into eighteen pieces.

The person uses the chicken to make soup.  Their soup has chicken, water, rice, mixed vegetables that they bought frozen, and salt.  With what they bought, they figure that it will feed them for a week.

The person then tries to plan out the month.  They do some math and figure out how much the food cost them and how much it would cost them per day.  They do more math and hope their money lasts them for the month.

In the poem the person has little money.  To deal with this they eat the same thing for every meal and make their food in large quantities.  The person though still wanted food they thought met a minimum standard for themselves.

Poem with an explanation: standing outside

standing outside
checking the time again
waiting two more minutes
and then a call
there’s probably a reason

 

In this poem, a person thinks they may have been stood up for a date.

The person in the poem is standing outside the place where the date is to take place (standing outside).  Their date is late and they have checked the time multiple times while they have waited (checking the time again).  They set a threshold time to wait for before calling to see why their date isn’t there.  That time is two minutes away (waiting two more minutes).  They want to believe their date is not there for a reason other than they have been stood up (there’s probably a reason).

 

P. S. This blog post is the one thousand five hundred and sixty second blog post on the blog. As was noted in the post for the six year anniversary for the blog, the blog will be ending soon.

A decision has been made that the last new blog post on the blog will be number one thousand six hundred.  That means that there are thirty eight new blog posts to post.  Although it may change, the last new blog post should be posted on August 20, 2020.  Thank you to everyone who has read something on the blog.

Poem with an explanation: walking nowhere

walking miles
but getting nowhere

 

This poem is specifically about a person trying to lose weight by walking on a treadmill.  Over time, the person walks many miles but loses no weight.  The “getting nowhere” part refers to the person not achieving what they desired, but also to the idea that they are in the same place while walking on the machine.  The idea was to use the phrase symbolically and literally.

More generally, the poem is about effort without result and could be symbolic of many experiences.

Poem with an explanation: what’s the hurry?

walking outside
with someone
what’s the hurry?

In this poem, two people are walking outside.  They are walking quickly until one realizes that they have nowhere in particular to be.  They are walking simply for the sake of walking and have no destination other than to return to the place that they started from.  They have nothing in particular to do at that place, and so when they arrive is inconsequential.  When one of them realizes this they question why they are walking so fast.  The poem reflects on the idea of appreciating the moment rather than focusing on the next one.

Poem with an explanation: he stopped barking

the dog’s ears itched
no one was there to clean them
he stopped barking

 

In this poem, on one level, there is a dog with itchy ears.  The dog’s ears itch because they are dirty.  The dog is alone, and for a while he barked hoping someone would help him and clean his ears.  Once he realized though that no one would come, he stopped barking.  He became resigned to the idea that he would get no help and his ears would itch.

On another level this poem is about the plight of an elderly person.  In the poem the elderly person has some physical condition that is causing them discomfort.  They need someone’s help to alleviate their condition.  They call out for help for a while, but when no one comes, they stop calling.  They become resigned to the fact that they are alone and that no one will help them.

The idea of the poem was to express a condition of helplessness.  It was expressed overtly through the plight of an animal, but that was a metaphor for the plight of a person.  In each case help is needed, it isn’t received, and sadly the circumstances are accepted.

An underlying idea of the poem is to encourage help for those that are neglected.

Poem with an explanation: on the island

Twenty days
on the island
since the boat
ran aground.

Coconuts
bananas
shellfish
roots

Water
in puddles
carried around
by buckets.

On a stone
the days are marked
and some semblance of time
is kept.

No boats.
No planes.
A message in the sand.

A routine.
The little things.
Counting.
Planning.

Running on the beach.
Swimming in the cove.
Never too far,
from hut or shore.

Evenings seem long.
What time to wake up?
Days blend.
Marking the stone.

One day
a boat will come by.

 

This poem is about a person staying home during the coronavirus situation.  The person isn’t ill, but is staying home so they won’t get ill nor infect others.  The idea is expressed by describing a person’s situation on a deserted island.

In the first stanza, it is noted that the person has been at home for twenty days.  They started staying home before they were officially told to and have continued to stay home.  They haven’t gone to the store or anywhere since before the first day.

In the second stanza, the person’s food is noted.  It is limited to what they have on the island, which is symbolic of the limitation of what they have in the house.

In the third stanza, the difficulty of basic necessities is noted.  In the poem, the person struggles to find and use water.  In the person’s house they struggle to find and use supplies as they don’t leave.

In the fourth stanza, the person records the days they have been in isolation.  Although there isn’t a real point to noting the number, the person wants to keep a sense of time.

In the fifth stanza, the person is waiting for the situation to end.  In the poem they want to be rescued.  In the reality of the poem, the person wants the virus to end.

In the sixth stanza, the person tries to form a routine.  They note the little things they do.  They count things they have and they plan for how they will use things.

In the seventh stanza, the person tries to get exercise.  They do this though without leaving their area.  In the reality of the poem, the person does not leave their property.

In the eighth stanza, the person notes that evenings are long.  This is because they are alone and can’t go anywhere.  They also note a sense that time has lost some value as they are home all the time.  They question what time they should wake up.  They note the days are blending, but they still mark them to keep track.

In the ninth stanza, hope is expressed that the situation will end.  In the poem, a boat will come by.  In the reality of the poem, the virus will end.