Artwork to inspire poetry: Lizard


Above is an artwork of a lizard.  It can inspire poetry.  One idea is that a poet could write about the idea of someone or something trying to appear tougher or stronger than they are.

The lizard in this artwork is inflating its neck which has bright colors.  This makes the lizard look larger and possibly more imposing to predators or other lizards.  The display though, has nothing to do with the actual toughness of the lizard.  The inflated neck has nothing to do with the lizard’s strength, other than possibly indicating some level of its health.  It is just for show.

A poet could apply this idea to people.  They could apply it to physical confrontations, for example where one person thinks they may have to fight another person, and so they try to appear tougher than they are to scare their opponent off.  They could also apply it to business, political or social situations.  There are many instances where one party to something may be in conflict or have dealings with another party, and it can be to the first party’s advantage to appear stronger than they are.  Sometimes the illusion of strength can be advantageous in a situation.

He is a poem inspired by this artwork:

When they called
to schedule
the job interview
he paused a moment
to check his imaginary calendar
before letting them know
when he would be available.

A photograph to inspire poetry: brown lizard

brown lizard

Above is a photograph of a brown lizard.  The exact type of lizard is unknown.  If any readers can identify the type of lizard, please let M. Sakran know what type it is using the form on the contact page.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

you in the brown suit,
with the stripes,
what’s your name?

Experimental Poetry Form: Three

Here is an experimental poetry form

Stanzas: 3
Lines per stanza: 3
Meter: iambic tri-meter
Rhyming pattern: abc abc abc

This form is characterized by three’s: there are three stanzas, each stanza has three lines, each line has three feet and there are a three sets of rhymes.

An interesting way to use this form is to continue the focus on threes.

Here is an example poem:

Garden Lizard

The small lizard was gray,
as it moved on the wall,
and toward the jasmine vine.

As it moved on its way,
its color did not stall,
but changed from gray to pine.

And on the vine that day,
its shade it did not fall,
but turned bright green and fine.

As can be seen, in addition to the three stanzas, lines, feet and rhymes, this poem also has:

Three subjects: the garden lizard, the wall and the jasmine vine
Three stages (one for each stanza): moving on the wall, transitioning to the vine and being on the vine, and
Three states (one for each stanza): gray in color, pine in color and bright green in color.

This is one example of how to use the form. There are also many other ways.

One interesting aspect of this form is its brevity. Because there are only nine lines, each with only six syllables, it affects how subjects are described. It provides a limitation that can make the presentation more interesting.

Please feel free to experiment with this experimental poetry form.