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:











Artwork to inspire poetry: black and white flowers

Black and white flowers

This artwork is of black and white flowers.  Originally, it was made using multiple colored pencils.  It was then scanned and computer altered to give the affect shown.  There are some interesting ideas in this artwork that can inspire poetry.

One idea is the idea of incompleteness.  This artwork has an incomplete quality to it.  There are no colors besides black and white.  It is missing those other colors.  Also, parts of it are grainy.  They are not complete.  This idea could inspire poetry that includes this idea.  Using the idea of black and white flowers a poet could, for example, write a poem that shows incomplete scenes of a funeral.  Giving only so much information, could add to the effect.

Another idea is the idea of being black and white.  Only two contrasting colors are shown.  There is a certain minimalism to it.  This idea could transfer to poetry.  A poet could take something complex, but only focus on two contrasting ideas about it, while leaving other details out.  For example, a poet could write about a baby being born.  They could focus on the two contrasting ideas of before and after birth.  The poem could look at those ideas singularly.  It could view them in a minimal way.

A third idea, is obviously the idea of flowers.  There are many poem ideas that can come from flowers.

A fourth idea is the idea that these flowers are weeds.  They are not cultivated flowers.  This is possibly different from other artworks of flowers.  This idea of focusing on something that is considered by some to be less or bad could be used in poetry.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Pea flowers

Pea Flowers

This is a photograph of pea flowers.  When thinking of a pea plant, a person may not focus on the flowers.  It may be more usual to focus on the plants as a whole or the peas.  The flowers could possibly be seen as just a stage before the peas and not be seen as having any significance themselves.  This photograph however, focuses on the flowers.

One way this photograph can inspire poetry, is by inspiring a poet to look for the overlooked in something.  For example, a poet might see a photograph of a wedding party.  Rather than focusing on the bride or groom, their family or guests, a poet might choose to focus on one of the wait staff in the background.  This might provide a new perspective.  This same idea could apply to many situations.

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern: Flowers

Flowers that were planted some place in the past,
put there for a time thought not to last,
and yet one day before the even time,
from the dark they came up fast,
and though there was no memory they still did climb,
silently like a mime,
right through forgetfulness that was cast.


(29/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Seven lines, random syllables counts, and a rhyming pattern

Poem with an explanation: The Flower Shop

The Flower Shop


Colors, with textures and shapes.

Different scents.

Baby’s breath,
fern fronds.

Mixed together,
small and large,
tall and short,
according to rules,
but also sight –

and there,
on the counter,
is something beautiful.

to the case,
with all the cards –

 Congratulations to the graduate!
 It’s a boy!
 It’s a girl!
 For the happy couple!
 Happy anniversary!

Then to the side,

 Get well soon.

Then on the bottom,
in a box,


The florist glances,
at the note,
from her pocket,
which will say,
where she reaches.


This poem is about a flower shop.  It starts with a description of the flowers being made into a bouquet.  Then goes to the possible reasons for the bouquet.  It starts with the happy and moves to the sad.  The poem then ends, with a hidden indication, of which it is.

In the poem, the florist was in some way focusing on the happy things around her, and was willfully ignoring the reason for the bouquet.  She looks at the note, that says what it is for, only at the last moment, because she knows, that while it could be very good, it could also be very bad.

The poem is about the setting of the scene, the idea of why there are flowers, and the fact that sometimes the reason is not good, the florist’s behavior, and the impact of the small note.

The stanzas in the poem help separate the ideas.  The types of cards are indented to set them apart, and there is an extra line space before “Condolences”, to make it even more separate.