A photograph to inspire poetry: green dragonfly on a banana leaf

green dragonfly on a banana leaf

Above is a photograph of a green dragonfly on a banana leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of a person matching their surrounds. This matching could mean in terms of culture, personality, appearance or something else.  The idea is that a poet could relate a person to a place in the same way that this dragonfly relates to the banana leaf.

  • The idea of appearance not matching reality. In this case, the dragonfly has thin translucent wings.  It almost seems as though they should not work for flying.  Despite this though, they do work.  A poet could translate this idea to people.  They could write about a person whose appearance, as perceived by others, does not match their abilities.

  • The idea of names. The dragonfly and the banana leaf both have descriptive names.  There is a dragon-fly and there is a banana-leaf.  A poet could write about names.  They could write about how a name describes a person, thing or place and how that name is perceived by others and by the person or thing (if aware) that has it.  A poet could write about the impact of names.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

By choice,
or by chance,
in sunlight,
and shadows,

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Worth it

Worth it

This is the fourth and last photograph of this dragonfly.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

clear wings,
holding on,
seeing up close,
even the little hairs on the legs,
even the structure of the wings,
glowing in the sunlight,
the eyes looking away,
after all of the searching,
all of the waiting,
all of the trying,
this was worth it.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Hello, little dragonfly

Hello, little dragonfly

Above is a photograph of a dragonfly.  As stated in the introduction to this post series, there were supposed to be four photographs to inspire poetry, related to dragonflies.

Originally, the intention was to find four dragonflies and take their photographs.  This proved to be far more difficult than anticipated.

While there are an abundance of dragonflies where M. Sakran lives, they didn’t seem to want to have their pictures taken.  They flew to fast and too far away.  Some would get close – and then dart off.

About three hours were spent, and not one good photograph was taken.  It was a lot of struggle and frustration.  There were dozens of out of range dragonflies, lots of near shots, lots of blurry shots and lots of almost shots.  It was a bit much.  (The one dragonfly that was still enough to have appeared in a photograph on this blog previously (May 28, 2015 post), and made it seem like this would be easy, seemed to be the exception, not the rule.)

After all of this, there was the idea, to take four photographs, not of dragonflies, but of things related to them.  While this did seem a little bit like a cop out, given all of the struggle and frustration it seemed like a good idea.

Then this little dragonfly came along.  It came and stood still.  It didn’t move.  It didn’t fly away.  It was there for about a minute.  It was a little out of reach, but is was there.  It was a wonderful little dragonfly.

After this dragonfly was found (and the celebration concluded), pictures of it were taken, and those pictures were reviewed, a decision was made to use four different photographs of this one dragonfly for this post series.  Given the difficulty in photographing these little creatures, this seemed the best option.

The first photograph is in this post.  The next three are in the next three posts.

These are four separate photographs of the same creature.  The angles and distance are a little different in each one.  Even though they are the same creature, they are still four different photographs.

Hopefully these photographs will be enjoyed, both for themselves, as well as for the effort it took to get them.

Here is a poem inspired by this photograph:

Hello, little dragonfly

Hello, little dragonfly,
you are so nice to see,
because unlike your brethren,
you didn’t flee.

Hello, little dragonfly,
you bring with you such joy,
because unlike your brethren,
with emotions you didn’t toy.

Hello, little dragonfly,
thank you for stopping by,
because unlike your brethren,
you didn’t make a poet cry.

Hello, little dragonfly.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Dragonfly syllable stresses

Dragonfly is a three syllable word with a stress pattern of: high, low, medium.  This idea is used here to make an experimental poetry form.

The form is ten lines.  Each line has three syllables.  Those syllables follow the same stress pattern as dragonfly.  Ideally the poem should make sense as it flows.

Here is an example poem:











Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Dragonfly

There may be a traceable reason as to why dragonflies are called dragonflies.  There may be some noted origin of the term.  M. Sakran doesn’t actually know.

That being said, one hypothesis might be that dragonflies are large flying insects that are long and colorful.  One could imagine someone saying, “That colorful fly was as big as a dragon.”  A similar notion might be with horseflies (“That fly was as big as a horse.”).

Using this as an idea, there are two elements that can be drawn from dragonflies for the purpose of creating an experimental poetry form.  First, dragonflies are a large version of something small (they are big for something little).  Second, they fly.

With these two elements in mind, an experimental poetry form can be made.  It has the following elements:

Stanzas: 3

Lines per stanza: 3

Syllables per line: 12

Indention pattern:

  Stanza one:

    Line 1: no indent

    Line 2: indented 20 spaces

    Line 3: indented 10 spaces

  Stanza two:

    Line 1: indented 30 spaces

    Line 2: indented 20 spaces

    Line 3: indented 25 spaces

  Stanza three:

    Line 1: indented 50 spaces

    Line 2: indented 10 spaces

    Line 3: indented 20 spaces

Line breaks:

  1 between each stanza line

  2 between each stanza


The idea is that the stanzas are relatively small, with only three lines, but the lines within them are relatively long, with twelve syllables.  This reflects the idea that dragonflies are small and large at the same time.  Additionally, the varied indentions are meant to reflect the flying of the dragonfly.

The form looks like this:













Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Artwork to inspire poetry: Dragonfly

Dragonfly artwork

Here is the first of the items in The Dragonfly Series.  It is an artwork for inspiration.  It is of a dragonfly.  It is based off of the photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly from the May 28, 2015 post.  This artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and then was computer altered.

Some poetry inspirations that might come from this artwork include poems relating dragonflies and:

  • light

  • water

  • moonlight

  • disappearance

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

upon the water
a glimmering reflection
the dragonfly flew