Poem with an explanation: though the raindrops fell

though the raindrops fell
she stood outside


This poem is about a person doing something they believe despite others disagreeing with them.

In the poem, a person stands outside, and as a result she gets rained on.  This is symbolic of a person being outside of a group and facing consequences for it.  Despite the consequences, she still does what she believes.

Experimental Poetry Form: Indention and word counts

This experimental poetry form is based off of indentions and word counts.  The form has three lines.  The first line is indented zero spaces, the second line is indented two spaces and the third line is indented fifty spaces.  The first line has one word, the second two, and the third three.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

  wind blows,
                                                  over gray tombstones

Indentions in a poetry form can create a pause, separate ideas, and create emphasis.  When this is paired with word counts, it can create a certain effect.

In the poem above, the first line, being just one word, simply states an idea.  The poem has something to do with outside.  There is no connotation that is either positive or negative.

The next line is indented two spaces.  This helps create an effect in the poem above that this line is somehow about the first.  At this stage, the reader of the poem knows about wind blowing outside, yet, again there is no positive or negative connotation.  The limitation of two words, means that the idea has to be simply stated.

The last line is indented fifty spaces.  It is set apart from the first two lines.  This setting apart gives an effect.  It is almost like hearing something, turning a corner, and seeing what it is.  There is a small element of surprise.  This line ends the poem with a negative connotation.  Having three words means that that idea can be expressed somewhat more.

Using the form describe, and changing the last line, the effect of the poem could also have been positive.  For example, the poem could have been:

  wind blows,
                                                  butterfly shaped kites

The last line being changed alters the effect of the poem, although the form and the first two lines are the same.

This experimental poetry form combining indentions and word counts can be used to express many ideas.  The form is simple, so that the ideas can be more focused on.

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Eight: The dog outside

A plate of food with knife and fork,
  the dog outside does make a sound,
a feeling of some right and wrong,
and though inertia adds a weight,
the thought of justice fills the mind,
and so the chair is pushed on out,
and steps go to the nearby door,
and food goes in the bowl with sound.

The work is done, a glass is filled,
  the dog outside pants in the heat,
though rationality does speak,
and though it sounds most clearly sure,
a sense the words it says are false,
does cause the legs to move away,
the handle then is slowly turned,
and water flows for the poor hound.

The lightning strikes and thunder cracks,
  the dog outside whimpers in fear,
the logic says that all is fine,
that what is feared is far away,
that there outside all is alright,
but then the thought of being there,
does cause the hand to turn the knob,
and have the dog feel like it’s found.

An ache is felt within the back,
  the dog outside takes time to stand,
and though it seems to be excess,
as the small pills fall in the hand,
those words come back and fill the ears,
and as the pain does the twinge again,
a note is made on the short list,
and the next day new pills abound.

Alone without a voice nearby,
  the dog outside is still and stares,
and though the sense is felt inside,
it takes some time to realize,
that there outside it is felt too,
and so a thought does then occur,
and the small ball is carried out,
and the dog jumps with a large bound.

The dog next door did run away,
  the dog outside sits by the fence,
and though a search is made for days,
the importance of it is low,
until the eyes of the dog stare,
and ask for help without loud words,
and then again the search goes on,
as cars do drive and search around.

The vet was called, the time was set,
  the dog outside did hesitate,
the words were said that this was good,
and words were said of benefit,
but in the car the dog did shake,
and as it went some tears did fall,
and then the sense of this from past,
had empathy grow in a mound.

The man outside did fall and cringe,
  the dog outside did understand,
and the dog barked at the near fence,
and the dog barked with a loud sound,
and men did come in uniforms,
to make the dog have silence then,
but they did see the man who fell,
and then the dog did bark unbound.


(38/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Eight

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Electrical Outlet: Searching

The flashlight shines upon the ground at night,
to find a jewel between green blades,
and so end a long quest.

The light does shine and there is something bright,
out far away in verdure glades,
gleaming brightly of rest.


(23/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Electrical Outlet

Poem series: The Sun: To write a poem

To write a poem

Trying to think of words,
deciding to go outside,
through the glass,
noticing the yellow color,
that was not noticed before,
and once outside,
thinking of heat from earlier,
that was thought of earlier,
trying to look up,
but could only glimpse,
trying again,
but could only see,
something that seemed blue and white and yellow at the same time,
with beams coming out of it,
and standing away from it,
thinking that could not look,
feeling the heat,
on the neck,
and the arms,
then going inside,
and noticing that the eyes have to readjust,
and that the skin feels warm,
as words are typed,
for a poem.