Poem with an explanation: Maybe it’s broken?

Checking the email
for the fourteenth time

nothing’s bold.

Maybe it’s broken?

 

This poem is about a person waiting for a message.  They are checking their email repeatedly (so far, fourteen times in one day), but have not received a message they are waiting for.  More than this, the person hasn’t received any messages (nothing’s bold – new messages are bold in their email).

The person is anxious to get this message and the fact that they haven’t received it causes them to wonder if something’s wrong.  They question if their email is broken.

The person is worried and anxious and tries to find an explanation for the situation, which actually causes them more worry.

Experimental Poetry Form: filter

Today’s experimental poetry form is called filter.

In the form, there are two stanzas.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each line has five words.

In the first stanza, each word must contain the letter “a”.  In the second stanza, none of the words can contain the letter “a”.  The idea is that the letter “a” was “filtered out” between the first and the second stanza.

Here is an example poem using the form:

Many emails arrive each day.
Communication has acquired great ease.
Substantial contemplation has apparently disappeared.

Letters used to be costly.
Thought with effort were there.
Words needed to signify something.