A photograph to inspire poetry: the top of a tree

the top of a tree

Above is a photograph of the top of a tree.  The tree has lost its leaves except for one green spot.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about things like resilience, holding on, survival, and so forth.

Here is an example poem:

staring at the clock
from the floor where she fell
they would be home
in forty three more minutes

Bilingual Poem: Does anyone know what to do?

All right,
something’s wrong.

The leaves,
on the trees,
a few weeks ago,
they started to change color,
and now,
they’re falling off.

Does anyone,
know what to do?


Desde luego,
algo es no está bien.

Las hojas,
en los árbols,
un pocos hace semanas,
ellas comenzaban cambiar de color,
y ahora,
ellas están cayendo por unos árbols.

¿Hace alguien,
saben qué hacer?


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

Experimental Poetry Form: eight two word lines

This experimental poetry form is called eight two word lines.  The name of the form describes it.  There are eight lines, each with two words.  There are no other restrictions.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

Fall day,
green grass,
nice breeze.

A stop,
for rest,
in sunshine.

Dappled light,
is peaceful.

P.S. Today’s post is the 650th post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Post Series: Seven Apples: Stage Two

Seven Apples Black and White

Above is the second stage of the artwork of the Seven Apples post series.  This artwork is a black and white pencil drawing of the photograph from stage one.  It was done on cotton canvas with a 4b pencil.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

Gray clouds fill the sky,
bright fall colors fade away,
the breaths come slowly


This stage two of the artwork contrasts with stage one.  In stage one, the apples were bright and colorful.  In this stage, the apples are gray and muted.  As can be seen in the poem above, this contrast can inspire poetry.  In the poem above, the progression from bright colors to gray colors was transferred to the imagery of a cloudy sky and fall colors.  This imagery was then transferred to the idea of someone experiencing an illness progress.  The two were tied together symbolically.

A poet could see the stage two of the artwork and contrast it to stage one, and come up with different, yet similar ideas, to what was done in the poem above.  For example, a poet might be inspired to write about flowers fading, or a building deteriorating.  To take a different route, a poet might write about makeup being removed.  Another idea might be to view the stage two artwork as in some way representing what is fundamental about the stage one artwork.  A poet who thought this, might decide to write a poem about a person and describe them at their basic level.

Poem: Summer, Fall

In the summer,
steps could hardly be taken,
the heat pressed down,
the sun glared,
and as life seemed to drain away,
a respite was imagined.

In the fall,
steps went on for miles,
a coolness flowed in the breeze,
the sun shined softly,
and as life seemed to pause and breathe,
a respite was experienced.