Poem: Tennessee

Tennessee

“What is your name?”
She asked the little boy with no shoes.
The boy looked at her and said,
“Tennessee.”

She asked the little boy with no shoes,
“Where are you from?”
“Tennessee,”
the boy told her.

“Where are you from?”
The woman in Alabama asked again.
The boy told her,
“Tennessee.”

The woman in Alabama asked again,
“What is your name?”
“Tennessee,”
the boy said with some confusion.

“What is your name?”
The woman now puzzled asked.
The boy said with some confusion,
“Tennessee.”

The woman now puzzled asked,
“Where’s your mother and father?”
“Tennessee,”
the boy said with certainty.

“Where’s your mother and father?”
The woman, just trying to understand asked again.
The boy said with certainty,
“Tennessee.”

The woman, just trying to understand asked again,
“What is your name?”
“Tennessee,”
the little boy said.

“What is your name?”
The woman asked, hoping the boy would understand.
The little boy said,
“Tennessee.”

The woman asked, hoping the boy would understand,
“Will you come somewhere with me, so we can get you some help?”
“Tennessee?”
A question was asked with tears.

“Will you come somewhere with me, so we can get you some help?”
The woman asked as she fell to the ground in despair.  Looking at the boy,
a question was asked with tears,
“What is your name?”

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Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poem with an explanation: Dragonfly ideas

This is the last post in the Dragonfly Post Series.  Hopefully it has been enjoyed.  Regular posts start again tomorrow.  Today’s post is a poem with an explanation.  Here’s the poem:

Darting around the sky,
in bursts and flashes,
moving among the trees,
so far away.

In bursts and flashes,
they can all be seen,
so far away,
yet moving close by.

They can all be seen,
in small little moments,
yet moving close by,
there is a hope.

In small little moments,
there is a clarity,
there is a hope,
there is a chance.

There is a clarity,
when things slow down,
there is a chance,
when there is patience.

When things slow down,
a reward can be found,
when there is patience,
a gem is revealed.

A reward can be found,
looking outward,
a gem is revealed,
darting around the sky.

 

This poem is about two things.  It is about dragonflies and ideas (as in an invention or a way to solve a problem).  The language of the poem, describes both.

In the first stanza, the dragonflies are described flying about.  This also describes ideas that haven’t quite been held on to.

In the second stanza, the dragonflies are described as flying quickly and far away, and yet still coming close by.  This is related to ideas that aren’t quite formed in a person’s mind, but there are times when it seems like they might be.

In the third stanza, the dragonflies appear fleetingly, yet because they come close by, there is hope that they will be seen more clearly and closely.  This same idea is applied to ideas.  When a person is trying to think of something new, they might have moments where they think they understand, and those moments give them hope.

In the fourth stanza, in the moments when the dragonflies come close by and are still, there is a hope and a chance of seeing them clearly and closely.  This is like the same moments that happen with ideas.

In the fifth stanza, if a person is patient and the dragonflies slow down, there is a chance to see them clearly.  This is related to a person with an idea, in that, if they are patient and take their time, there is a chance they become clear about their idea and find a solution.

In the sixth stanza, the dragonflies can be seen with all their colors when they slow down and a person is patient.  Again, this relates to a person thinking of a new idea.  The idea is, if the person slows down and they are patient, they can figure things out.

In the last stanza, the general idea of dragonflies is described.  It talks about them looking nice and flying around.  This realization happens after they are seen up close.  This again relates to ideas, in that once a person has thought of one, they realize that the inspiration for them is all around them.

In terms of form, as can be seen by the repeated lines, this poem is a pantoum.  Some effort was taken to make sure that the repeats made sense.

 

P. S. There is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction on MSakran.com.  In something different, the first part of the fiction is directly influenced by the poetry.  The poem lists a number of things and those things are alluded to in some way in the first part of the story.

Poem Series: Dogs: Why to walk

To smell the grass where paw-steps fall,
and see the sky that’s way out far,
and pass by trees that are so tall,
to smell the grass where paw-steps fall.
To hear the birds as they do call,
and see by light from a bright star,
to smell the grass where paw-steps fall,
and see the sky that’s way out far.

 

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

Post Series: Seven Apples: Stage Three

Seven Apples Colored Pencil

Above is the third stage of the artwork of the Seven Apples post series.  This artwork was made by coloring over stage two of the artwork using colored pencils.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

The colors return,
as the sky clears,
though not as before,
but still with some peace.

As the sky clears,
there isn’t joy,
but still with some peace,
the colors return.

 

One inspiration that can come from this artwork is how it flows from the first two.  The first artwork (stage one) had bright colors, the second artwork (stage two) was black and white, this artwork (stage three) has muted colors.  It is as if the colors flowed from bright, to black and white and then to muted.  The stage two poem referenced part of this flow.  It referenced gray clouds and colors fading away.  This poem builds from that, but goes in the opposite direction.  In this poem, the sky clears and the colors come back.  Although the colors come back, they are not as they were before.  They are changed in some way.

The type of flow in the artworks can inspire poetry as was done in the example above.  One way a poet might be inspired by the flow in the artworks, is to see the return of muted colors, and be inspired write about how a person is after they go through something difficult.  They could write that the person is, in some way, like they were before, but not quite.  They could use colors as a metaphor for how the person is.

A somewhat different inspiration from the idea of flow, that could come from this artwork, is the idea of covering.  In this artwork, the black and white drawing, was covered in colors.  A poet could see this and be inspired to write something related to it.  They could use the idea of covering in either a positive or a negative sense.  In a positive sense, they could use the idea and write about a person getting dressed up in fancy clothes.  In a negative sense, they could use the idea and write about a person acting or dressing a certain way, to cover how they feel.

Poem: When she stood at the door

When she stood at the door,
as she paused before going inside,
she thought of the past that she had lived,
and what happened before.

As she paused before going inside,
she thought of sleeping in her car,
and what happened before,
the day she was laid off.

She thought of sleeping in her car,
five months after,
the day she was laid off,
because she couldn’t pay her debt,

Five months after,
she first had to sleep in her car,
because she couldn’t pay her debt,
she had to sell it.

She first had to sleep in her car,
with a coat for warmth –
she had to sell it,
when she needed food.

With a coat for warmth,
she could walk to the shelter,
when she needed food,
for there was nowhere else to go.

She could walk to the shelter,
but then she had to live there,
for there was nowhere else to go,
no place she could afford.

“But then she had to live there”,
she remembered the day,
“no place she could afford”,
she remembered the feeling.

She remembered the day,
they said they found her a job,
she remembered the feeling,
when they didn’t call.

They said they found her a job,
she thought they would call and tell her no,
when they didn’t call,
she was amazed.

She thought they would call and tell her no,
when she sent her application,
she was amazed,
when they said she could have the apartment.

When she sent her application,
she had little hope.
When they said she could have the apartment,
she was overwhelmed.

She had little hope,
when all this started.
She was overwhelmed,
when she stood at the door.

 

P.S. As a note, there will be no blog post tomorrow, April 10, 2015, on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

Poem with an explanation: The hummingbird and the crow

The hummingbird and the crow

The two birds landed outside a garden,
a hummingbird and a crow,
and both perched atop a fence rail,
and looked within the garden.

A hummingbird and a crow,
together they stood silent for a moment,
and looked within the garden,
at all the plants that grew.

Together they stood silent for a moment,
and the hummingbird gazed,
at all the plants that grew,
and it flew into the garden.

And the hummingbird gazed,
above the flowers with their open petals,
and it flew into the garden,
and began to drink.

Above the flowers with their open petals,
the crow flew into the garden,
and began to drink
from a fountain in the center.

The crow flew into the garden,
and as it drank,
from a fountain in the center,
a man ran there yelling.

And as it drank,
filled with emotion,
a man ran there yelling,
and chased it away.

Filled with emotion,
a hummingbird thought of its hunger,
and chased it away,
as it drank nectar.

A hummingbird thought of its hunger,
and it flew above the flowers,
as it drank nectar,
and then it left the garden.

And it flew above the flowers,
as it fled from the shouting man flapping its crow wings,
and then it left the garden,
to find somewhere else.

As it fled from the shouting man flapping its crow wings,
the crow looked around,
to find somewhere else,
where it could rest.

The crow looked around,
seeing the hummingbird search for a place,
where it could rest,
after drinking the nectar.

Seeing the hummingbird search for a place,
some place to pause,
after drinking the nectar,
the two birds landed outside a garden.

 

This poem is about injustice.  It’s about the difference in experiences of the hummingbird and crow.  They both go to the same place and do similar things, but the hummingbird has a pleasant experience, and the crow has a harsh one.  This idea could be seen as metaphorical of situations people may experience.

This poem used the poetry form pantoum.  Because of the structure of the form, thought was given to the repeating lines to make sure they would make sense in two contexts.

 

P.S. See yesterday’s post to vote for next week’s poem series subject.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Dog behind a glass door

Dog behind a glass door

Above is an artwork to inspire poetry.  It shows a dog behind a glass door.  Below is an example of a poem inspired by this artwork.  The poem uses the form Pantoum.

The dog sits behind the panes of glass,
behind a door that he can see through,
and inches from him is another place,
that he can see behind the panes.

Behind a door that he can see through,
the dog sits and sees the warmth,
that he can see behind the panes,
as he sits on cold concrete.

The dog sits and sees the warmth,
yet those inside don’t see the dog,
as he sits on cold concrete,
he seems to them transparent.

Yet those inside don’t see the dog,
their blind to what’s behind the panes,
he seems to them transparent,
the dog sits behind the panes of glass