Poem: One day

In frustration,
and reluctance,
he helped the old man,
who could not walk.

Years did pass.

One day,
without really noticing,
his knee,
began to hurt.


P. S. There will be no new blog post on M. Sakran’s blog tomorrow September 21, 2018.


Poetry topic idea: locks

Today’s poetry topic idea is locks.  There are a number of ways to use locks in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Locks keeping something out. Locks are sometimes used to keep something out of somewhere.  Think of a lock on a house door or a lock on a chest.  The idea is to keep people out of these places.  This idea of keeping something out could be used in poetry.

  • Locks keeping something in. Locks are sometimes used to keep something in some place.  Think of locking an animal’s cage for example.  The idea is to keep something where it is.  This idea could be used in poetry.

  • The components and mechanisms of locks. Locks can be mechanical items.  They can have parts that move and can be made of metal.  These ideas could be used in poems.

  • Locks of hair. In addition to locks being items on doors and similar places, the word can also be used to refer to a piece of hair.  This meaning could be used in poetry.

  • Canal locks. Canals can have locks that are used to move ships from one place to another.  This meaning could be used in poetry.

Here is an example poem using locks:

after the insult
she wasn’t supposed to hear
they were locked out
of her friendship

Poem with an explanation: 1320

the statue crumbles

across the desert
in the distance
nothing is seen

the car rolls
on square tires

before the gate
floats in the mind

the pieces of stone
are in a pile
of 1320 pieces


This poem is about a person who is not physically fit, trying to become so.  On their first day of exercise they decide to jog.

In the first stanza of the poem, the person jogs a quarter of a mile.  A quarter of a mile is 1320 feet.  This is too much for the person and they become spent (the statue crumbles).

The person is very tired after this short distance.  They decide that they should go back home.  In the second stanza, they look back at the distance they have to go.

Although before they jogged, they thought a quarter of a mile was a short distance to traverse, now it seems very far.  They feel like they are looking out over a desert and are unable to see their destination.

In the third stanza, the person starts to walk home.  They are experiencing physical discomfort after the jog and they have trouble walking.  They move slowly like a car with square tires.  They feel all of the quarter mile.

In the fourth stanza, the person is home.  As they stand by their front door, they gain a new perspective on distance.  They think of 60 mph, which is the speed a car might travel.  This is 316800 feet an hour.  They think of this distance, and how it feels like nothing, and how the 1320 feet of the quarter mile feels like a lot.

In the last stanza, the person sits down on the floor of their house in the air conditioning.  They are tired after the jog.  The distance has become part of them.

A photograph to inspire poetry: light orange colored lily

light orange colored lily

Above is a photograph of a light orange colored lily.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Funeral flowers. Lilies are sometimes seen as funeral flowers. Although those might be white, a poet could write a poem where a person had light orange colored ones at their funeral.

  • Sunsets. Light orange is a color that might be seen in sunsets.  The light shining might color things like flowers.  A poet could write about sunsets and how the light changes the color of things.

  • Less than fullness. This flower is light orange.  It is not fully orange.  A poet could apply the idea of less than fullness to other things and use them in poetry.

  • Gardens. A poet could write about gardens with lily flowers and other types of plants.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

these were planted
because you always
liked the scent

Experimental Poetry Form: a cup of T

Today’s experimental poetry form is called a cup of T.  It is based on a play on words of the expression “a cup of tea”.  The form is based off of layout on the page and word count.

The form has five words.  They are laid out as such:

*        * * * * * * * *        *
*                  *                    *
*                  *                    *
*                  *                    *
*                  *                    *
*                  *                    *
*                  *                    *
*                  *                    *
          * * * * * * * *

As can be seen, it looks like the letter “T” inside of something.  This is the idea of a cup of T.

In using the form, the five words can be separate words, or there can be a flow between them.

Here is an example poem using the form:


Y           Famous        N
o                 S              e
u                 o              v
’                  n              e
v                 g              r