Poem with an explanation: How is the sky?

They sky is cloudy,
there in the east,
see the darkness,
the weather is bad.

The sky is clear,
there in the west,
see the light,
the weather is good.


This poem is about presenting a point of view.  In the poem, there are two people.  One person says the first stanza and the other person says the second.

In the poem, both people are telling the truth, but they are each giving only one view of it and are therefore distorting the truth.  The first person wants those listening to think the weather is bad.  The second person, wants people to think the weather is good.

The idea in this poem applies to many arguments.  In arguments, people sometimes have a tendency to present a view of the truth that supports their position, while ignoring views that don’t.


Poem with an explanation: waiting for one

waiting for one
the oranges hide
from the thought of expression


This poem is about jack-o-lanterns on Halloween.

In the poem, pumpkins (oranges) are hiding.  They don’t want to be turned into jack-o-lanterns (the thought of expression – jack-o-lanterns have faces that express an emotion).  They are waiting until November first (waiting for one) at which point no one will want them for jack-o-lanterns anymore.

Although this poem focuses on a silly idea, the ideas could be applied to other situations.  Think, for example, of a person hoping a meeting or class or something else ends before they are called upon.  They are waiting for a time to pass so they won’t have to speak.  It could be they are nervous or afraid to do so.  The general idea is the same.

Poem: Thankful

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Day!

Here’s a celebratory poem:

The turkey’s in the oven.
The sage smells good.

The potatoes are boiling.
They’ll be ready soon.

The cranberry sauce is ready.
The orange zest adds a nice touch.

The green beans are prepared.
Maybe lemon pepper would be good?

The rolls are rising.
They are filling the pan.


Before the food though,
take a moment,
to be thankful.

No matter what is happening,
in your life,
there is some good,

Even in bad things,
there can often be meaning,
and sometime later,
you can see what it was.

Think of your life,
and the innumerable moments,
both small and large,
where something good,
has happened.

Think of the good deeds,
others have done.

Think of the times,
when things turned your way.

Think of the little things,
like food at a table,
with your family around.

Life isn’t always easy,
but somewhere,
even in darkness,
there is light.

Think of all of your life,
and be thankful for all that has been.

Think of all of your life,
and be thankful for all that will be.

Being thankful,
is a good thing.

Being thankful,
is humbling.

Being thankful,
is something all should do,
every day.

On this day,
before the food,
take a moment,
and give thanks.

Each day,
at least before the food,
take a moment,
and give thanks.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Bilingual Poem: The dog is hungry

The dog is hungry,
by why?

The dog ate in the morning.

The dog ate in the afternoon.

The dog ate at night.

With no words,
the dog speaks.

The dog is hungry.



¿El perro tiene hambre,
pero por qué?

El perro comió en la mañana.

El perro comió en la tarde.

El perro comió en noche.

Con no palabras,
el perro habla.

El perro tiene hambre.

¿Por qué?

Bilingual Poem: today

Why don’t you understand
what the day says
to you?

The day speaks,
but you don’t listen.

The day speaks,
but you don’t understand.

The day wants,
for you to know.

The day wants,
for you to see.

is the day
the day wants you to know.

is the day
the day wants you to understand.

Why don’t you understand
what the day says
to you?


¿Por qué usted no comprende
que el día habla
a usted?

El día habla,
pero usted no escucha.

El día habla,
pero usted no comprende.

El día quiere,
por usted saber.

El día quiere,
por usted mirar.

es el día,
el día quiere usted saber.

es el día,
el día quiere usted comprendar.

¿Por qué usted no comprende
que el día habla
a usted?

Experimental Poetry Form: inside the box

Today’s experimental poetry form is called inside the box.  The form is based off of layout on the page.

It consists of two main elements: a box and a line within the box.  A poet can decide how the two elements relate to each other.

The box can be any size and should be a rectangle.  The line must only be one line and must fit within the box.  The top line of the box should be read first, the left line second, the right line third, the bottom line fourth, and the inner line fifth.  The lines on the left and right are read from top to bottom.  The other lines are read from left to right

Here is what the form looks like:

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

Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

There were five days of exercising.
W                                                    A
e                                                     n
g                                                     e
h                                                     l
t                                                      l
s                                                     p
–                                                     t
w    Six pounds were gained.     i
e                                                    c
r                                                     a
e                                                    l

l                                                    w
i                                                    a
f                                                    s
e                                                  u
d                                                  s
.                                                   e
–                                                  d
–                                                   .
Healthier food was eaten as well.

Poem with an explanation: Putting away the soapbox

They speak
you hear.

You speak
no one hears.

You bring out your soapbox
and some listen
though so much fewer
than the whole.

Some nod
some shake
nothing changes.

They speak
you hear.

You speak
no one hears.

You bring out your soapbox
and some listen
though so much fewer
than the whole.

Some nod
some shake
nothing changes.

The cycle repeats.

And then one day
you paddle your boat
down a new channel.

They speak
you hear.

You speak
no one hears.

The soapbox though
stays put away.

But then you wonder
of all the others
flowing along
the other channels.

The sky is blue
but they say green
and somewhere inside
it doesn’t make sense.

But soapboxes are heavy
and the channel is smooth
and so you stay

and calmly listen.


This poem is about watching political news.

In the poem, a person starts by watching political news they disagree with (They speak/ you hear).

The person feels a sense of disagreement.  They believe that what they are hearing is wrong.  Though no one is listening, they say why it is wrong. (You speak/ no one hears.)  This line also relates to the reach of the media contrasted with the reach of a single person.  The person hears the media, but no one hears the person.

The person wants to express their view to others and correct the information they see as wrong in the news.  They go online on social media (You bring out your soapbox).  As referenced above, they reach a far smaller audience than the media (and some listen/ though so much fewer/ than the whole.)

When they express their view, some people agree (Some nod), some disagree (some shake), but they cause no change in either group (nothing changes).

The next four stanzas repeat the first four.  This is to emphasize the idea that the person keeps going through this.  They watch news they disagree with, they go online to say why they disagree, supporters agree with them, other people oppose, and they cause no change.  This notion is said more explicitly in the following stanza (The cycle repeats.)

The person gets tired of the cycle and so they change the channel (And then one day/ you paddle your boat/ down a new channel).  They find a news channel they agree with.

At first things are the same.  The media has a reach greater than the person (They speak/ you hear.  You speak/ no one hears.)

Since the person agrees though, they don’t feel the need to express their ideas (The soapbox though/ stays put away.)

The person then starts to wonder though (But then you wonder).  They think about all the people watching news that they believe is biased and inaccurate (of all the others/ flowing along/ the other channels).

The sense of how inaccurate the information is, is expressed in the first two lines of the next stanza (The sky is blue/ but they say green).  The person struggles with the idea that first, in their view biased information is being spread to so many, second, that so many people don’t see the information as biased, and third, that there isn’t much the person can do about it.  This doesn’t make sense to the person.

The person at first feels like they want to correct the information they see and speak up about it.  This becomes tiring though (But soapboxes are heavy).  They find the new news they are watching agreeable (and the channel is smooth), and so they stop watching the other news they disagree with (and so you stay) and they feel calm (and calmly listen).

The poem expresses the idea that listening to news that a person disagrees with can be a tiring experience.  It can feel tiring for a person to want to correct much of what they hear and it can feel bad for a person to think about the biased information being disseminated and others not seeing it as biased.  Because of this, some people simply stick to news they agree with.  It can be a calmer more comfortable experience.