Milestone: 1400th post

This is the 1400th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.



1400 posts is a lot of posts.  It has been 2021 days since the first post on April 24, 2014.  That is a long time.

M. Sakran hopes everyone has enjoyed the blog. Hopefully readers have been entertained and also learned something from it.

If you like the blog, please tell your friends about it on social media and on your own blogs.  You can also follow the blog (there is a button in the sidebar you can click).

If you like, you can send M. Sakran a comment saying what you think about the blog.

If you go to the about page, you can find links to categories on the blog.  You can also find posts on the post lists page.

Also, please check out M. Sakran’s eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations.

Thank you to all readers.  The blog has been fun, a medium of expression, a learning tool, and more.  Hopefully all readers have gotten as much out of it as M. Sakran has.

Thank you everyone.

Here’s a poem to commemorate the day:

can sort of be like,
a maamoul cookie.


maamoul cookies,
are really hard to make,
if you’ve never done it.

1400 or so,
it probably gets easier.

maamoul cookies,
have a surprise inside

There’s the outer cookie part,
and then the sweet date part inside.

A blog can be like that.

The first posts you find,
might informative,
or educational.

If you did a little deeper though,
you can find posts that are,
and inspirational,
on all sorts of different blogs.

maamoul cookies,
are great to share.

doesn’t like,
maamoul cookies?

can be like that.

You can share your blog,
with so many people,
and you can share blogs you like,
with your friends.

maamoul cookies,
go great with tea.

Of course,
you can have a sip,
while you read (or write as is happing now),
a blog.

can be like,
a maamoul cookie.

Take a break,
have a bite,
and enjoy.

Milestone: Five Year Anniversary

Today is the five year anniversary of the first post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Five years is a long time.  It feels like a long time.  Including this post, there have been 1,263 posts on this blog.  That feels like a lot of posts.

Shortly after the blog was started, there was some concern about what to post.  It seemed like there were no new ideas.  Of course, something was found.

There are many ideas to the blog.

Part of the idea of the blog is to educate readers.  That’s the purpose of the poems with explanations and the poetry essays.

Part of the idea of the blog is to give readers ideas for poetry.  That’s the purpose of the poetry topic ideas, artworks to inspire poetry, and photography to inspire poetry.

Part of the idea of the blog is to help readers write poetry.  That’s the purpose of the experimental poetry forms.

Of course, part of the idea of the blog is to give readers poems to read.  That’s the purpose of the poems and the bilingual poems.

Hopefully readers have benefited from all of this.  Hopefully some people out there have gotten something from it.

If you haven’t yet, please follow the blog.  There is a button in the sidebar you can click to do so.

Also, if you haven’t yet, you can check out M. Sakran’s two books.  There’s First Try, a traditionally published collection of poetry, and Understanding: poems with explanations, a self-published eBook of poems with explanations.

If you’d like to send M. Sakran a message about the blog, you can use the contact form on the contact page.

Also, be sure and check out M. Sakran’s website at

Thank you to all readers.

Here’s a poem for the day:

the bee flies
from flower to flower
five years of journey

A Milestone: The 900th blog post

This is the 900th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.



900 is a lot of posts.  There was a time, a while back, when 70 posts felt like a lot.  There was a sense of not knowing what else could be written about.  Now there are 900 posts.

900 is close to a thousand.  A thousand posts really feels like a lot.

Hopefully, readers of the blog have enjoyed what has been here so far.  Hopefully this blog has been of some use and entertainment.

If anyone wants to look back at past posts, they are organized by date on the Posts List page and there are broad category links on the About page.  If anyone wants to send a message about the blog, use the form on the Contact page.

If you like the blog, please consider liking this posts, following the blog if you don’t and telling your friends about it.

At one of the past milestones, there was a mention that something new might be added to the basic categories of the blog.  There is still some thought about that, but nothing definite.  One idea that is at the front of the list is essays about poetry.  It’s still being thought about.

Again, hopefully everyone has enjoyed the blog.  Thank you to all readers for your reading and other interaction.

A Milestone: One Year Anniversary of Understanding: poems with explanations

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran

Today is the one year anniversary of the self-publication of Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is a happy day.

Understanding: poems with explanations by M. Sakran, is a self-published collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  The main purpose of the book is to help readers expand their understanding of poetry through the explanations.

The poems in the book cover a variety of topics such as poverty, homelessness, pain, neglect, crime and illness.

The explanations look at the overall meanings of the poems, the meanings of individual parts of the poems, and form in the poems.

Understanding: poems with explanations is currently available for purchase as an eBook here: Understanding: poems with explanations.  It is available for $0.99 (plus tax where applicable).

Poems with explanations has been a regular category on this blog.  You can read the ones that are on it by clicking here: poems with explanations on the blog.  If you like what you read and you like the idea of reading an explanation of a poem, then please consider purchasing a copy of the eBook.

M. Sakran would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already purchased a copy of the eBook this past year. Each purchase brought a little bit of joy to M. Sakran.  Thank you.  Hopefully you all liked the eBook and found it informative and enlightening and hopefully it helped you learn more about poetry.

If you have purchased a copy of Understanding: poems with explanations please tell your friends about it.  Let them know what you thought and feel free to link here.  Also, if you like, you can use the form on the contact page to let M. Sakran know what you thought.

Again, today is a happy day.  Thank you to those who will buy a copy of the eBook today and thank you again to those who already have.

A Milestone: The 850th blog post

This is the 850th blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

To everyone who reads the blog, follows it, likes posts, etc. Thank you.  It is a good feeling to know that there are people out there who actually read this.

Having 850 posts is important.  It is getting close to the very large number of 1000.  1000 feels like a lot.  At one time, having this many posts seemed very far away.  It is somewhat strange to have gotten this far.

As readers should know, and for those who don’t, on the blog there are poems, poems with explanations, poetry topic ideas, photographs to inspire poetry, artwork to inspire poetry, experimental poetry forms, bilingual poems and a number of other things.  If you go to the Posts List page you should find links to all of the posts organized by date.  Hopefully everyone likes the kinds of things that are there.

When the blog was started, there was some notion that it wasn’t going to be a blog of just poems.  There was a sense that there needed to be more.

Also, there was a sense, that this wasn’t going to be a blog that was too personal or followed a strict chronology or was just about daily life.

Additionally, there was a sense, that the blog would have a certain feeling and tone to it.

The idea of the blog was to entertain, inspire, inform, educate, and promote thought.  Hopefully it has done that.  Hopefully the blog that developed has been something readers have liked.

At different times, there have been thoughts of somehow altering or expanding the blog.  One idea (that didn’t work well) was accepting poems for consideration from readers.  Another idea (that hasn’t been tried) was having essays about poetry.  Another idea (again, that hasn’t been tried) was reviewing poetry books.

It is hard to know what the blog will look like in the future.  Although the general idea of being of and about poetry and poetry related things isn’t expected to change, there is some feeling that the blog should change or grow or adapt in some way.  There is some sense that it just somehow needs to be more than it is.  Keep reading.  Who knows, maybe at some point, something will develop.

Again, thank you to all who read this blog.  It really does mean something.  It is a nice feeling to know that, maybe, people out there are getting something from all of this.

If you like the blog and maybe have something you like about it (like the poems with explanations or the poetry topic ideas as examples) then please tell your friends through social media.  The support would be appreciated.

If you have any thoughts about the blog, then please use the form on the Contact Page.  The only thing the form requires is the message and that you click submit, and so if you just want to say something, or express a thought, or just say hello, without really saying anything about yourself, then you can do that.  Hopefully you will.

Again, thank you readers.

In closing, a poem:

Here is a tiny poem,
just because,
this post just needed a poem.