Unter Commemoration August 5, 2020

If you have a dog
tell it hello.
Play with your dog,
tell your dog how much you like it,
how nice it is,
and how happy you are to know it.
Give it some treats,
maybe a toy,
and just spend time with it.
take some pictures,
and some videos.

Dogs are wonderful.
At some point though,
you’ll say goodbye.

Take some moments
to say hello.

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:













Poem: from the hill, in the valley

And there,
from the hill,
they ran,
the jackals,
the wolves,
the laughing dogs,

in the valley,
meekness stood,

uncertain with fear.

The dust flew,
and rocks flew,
and hatred flew,
as the wild,
moved as though one.

in the valley,
the meekness stood.

And as the eyes gleamed,
flashes occurred,
of figures in black.

and terror,
as clouds were lifted,
came upon,
the now shrieking,

The figures stood,
and without eyes,
stared at the dust.

And there on the hill,
they ran,
the jackals,
the wolves,
the laughing dogs,

as with others,
in the valley,
meekness stood.
P.S.  Right now, you can send a poem to M. Sakran for consideration.  If M. Sakran likes your poem, it might be published on this blog.

If you’re interested, then go to the Considerations page to learn more.  While the information on the page is a little long, the basic idea is pretty simple.  It’s basically three steps:

  1. Choose something from one or more of the following categories on this blog: Artwork Inspiration, Photo Inspiration, Poetry Topic Ideas, or Experimental Poetry Form. You can find things from the Posts List page.

  3. Write a poem using that something.

  5. Send the poem to M. Sakran.

That’s really the basic idea.  It’s easy.  Just see the Considerations page for more information.

Bilingual Poem: Doggie addiction

The poodle,
should have known better,
when the bulldog,
on the corner,
said the first dog biscuit,
was free.


El perro de lanas,
debe haber sabía major,
cuándo el dogo,
en la esquina,
dijo el primer magdalena de perro,
estuvo gratis.


P.S.  Did you know that readers can currently send M. Sakran poems for consideration?  It’s true.  You can send a poem to M. Sakran, and it might get published on this blog.  If you’d like to learn more about this, read the 1000th day post.

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,

Poem Series: Dogs: Do dogs have music?

Do dogs have music?
Do they understand beat?
Is there something in barks,
and squeaks,
that they put together?
Do they anticipate sound?
Is there something in the wind chime’s song,
in the songs of birds,
in the songs on the radio?
Do they hear the pattern of their steps?
Do they notice the jingle of their collars?
Inside their minds,
are they repeating the songs?
Do dogs have music?

Poem Series: Dogs: Why to walk

To smell the grass where paw-steps fall,
and see the sky that’s way out far,
and pass by trees that are so tall,
to smell the grass where paw-steps fall.
To hear the birds as they do call,
and see by light from a bright star,
to smell the grass where paw-steps fall,
and see the sky that’s way out far.


P.S. Today on MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.