Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Bilingual Poem: Too fast

The dragonflies,
they speed and dart,
and this is why,
no photograph is here.

Las libélulas,
ellos corren y se lanzan,
y este es por qué,
no fotografía está aquí.


Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poetry topic idea: deadly beauty

Today’s poetry topic idea is deadly beauty.  Dragonflies are deadly – they eat other insects (among possibly other things).  Dragonflies are also beautiful – they have bright colors.  This idea of something being deadly, but looking beautiful, is the poetry topic idea for today.

A poet writing about deadly beauty, could decide to write about various forms of temptation.  They could write about anything that seems to be nice and look good, but in fact has negative consequences.  For example, a poet could write about someone with an alcohol problem, seeing a brightly colored bottle of wine.

Another idea, might be to write about things in nature, that look beautiful, but are poisonous.  Various brightly colored berries would fit this idea.

A poet might also write about the cliché of the attractive person who is a murderer.  A poet might choose this idea and have a poem that reads like a story.

As a last idea, a poet might twist the idea a bit, and instead of having the beautiful thing being deadly to something else, the beautiful thing, might be deadly to itself.  For example, a poet could write about a brightly colored animal that is spotted by a predator.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poetry topic idea: wings

As this is The Post Series: The Dragonfly Series, it would seem, that a natural poetry topic idea for it would be “dragonflies”.  That would be the case, however, dragonflies has already been used as a poetry topic idea on this blog.  It was used in the July 20, 2015 Blog Post: Poetry Topic Idea: Dragonflies.

Given that, there had to be another selection for this (as well as another) poetry topic idea for this post series.

Using “dragons” or “flies” as alternatives, while maybe obvious (and slightly humorous), seemed a little too simplistic, and so something else had to be thought of.

Given all of this, today’s poetry topic idea is: wings.

Dragonflies have interesting wings.  If you look at the photograph from the May 28, 2015 blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly, you can see that that dragonfly has four wings that appear mainly clear and have a lattice pattern to them.

Dragonflies can use their wings to fly in interesting ways.  They can hover and dart about and move somewhat like a hummingbird.

Some ideas that can from wings, are poems about:

  • Flight

  • Birds, bats and insects

  • The idea of freedom (flight being a way to have freedom)

  • Speed and quickness

  • Airplane dogfights

  • The structure of different kinds of wings

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Dragonfly syllable stresses

Dragonfly is a three syllable word with a stress pattern of: high, low, medium.  This idea is used here to make an experimental poetry form.

The form is ten lines.  Each line has three syllables.  Those syllables follow the same stress pattern as dragonfly.  Ideally the poem should make sense as it flows.

Here is an example poem:











Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poem: The dragon flies and the dragonflies

The dragon flies,
above in clouds,
that shimmer in the purple light.

The wings do glow,
as lightning strikes,
and they do beat with strengthened might.

And there the eyes,
look up in fear,
as hearts do race at just the sight.

And in the dread,
of what will be,
the forms below run from their plight.

But there the wings,
a thousand count,
do rise above to a great height.

And with one form,
the dragonflies,
move all as one and start to fight.

The flame bursts out,
and burns the sky,
as heat and light do fill the night.

But there they move,
with one great force,
and form a lance as of a knight.

And with the blow,
the dragon falls,
and hits the earth and turns dead white.

And then they fly,
as cheers are heard,
on to the left and to the right.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Dragonfly

There may be a traceable reason as to why dragonflies are called dragonflies.  There may be some noted origin of the term.  M. Sakran doesn’t actually know.

That being said, one hypothesis might be that dragonflies are large flying insects that are long and colorful.  One could imagine someone saying, “That colorful fly was as big as a dragon.”  A similar notion might be with horseflies (“That fly was as big as a horse.”).

Using this as an idea, there are two elements that can be drawn from dragonflies for the purpose of creating an experimental poetry form.  First, dragonflies are a large version of something small (they are big for something little).  Second, they fly.

With these two elements in mind, an experimental poetry form can be made.  It has the following elements:

Stanzas: 3

Lines per stanza: 3

Syllables per line: 12

Indention pattern:

  Stanza one:

    Line 1: no indent

    Line 2: indented 20 spaces

    Line 3: indented 10 spaces

  Stanza two:

    Line 1: indented 30 spaces

    Line 2: indented 20 spaces

    Line 3: indented 25 spaces

  Stanza three:

    Line 1: indented 50 spaces

    Line 2: indented 10 spaces

    Line 3: indented 20 spaces

Line breaks:

  1 between each stanza line

  2 between each stanza


The idea is that the stanzas are relatively small, with only three lines, but the lines within them are relatively long, with twelve syllables.  This reflects the idea that dragonflies are small and large at the same time.  Additionally, the varied indentions are meant to reflect the flying of the dragonfly.

The form looks like this:













Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Artwork to inspire poetry: Dragonfly

Dragonfly artwork

Here is the first of the items in The Dragonfly Series.  It is an artwork for inspiration.  It is of a dragonfly.  It is based off of the photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly from the May 28, 2015 post.  This artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and then was computer altered.

Some poetry inspirations that might come from this artwork include poems relating dragonflies and:

  • light

  • water

  • moonlight

  • disappearance

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

upon the water
a glimmering reflection
the dragonfly flew

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Introduction

Today is the start of The Dragonfly Post Series.  Dragonflies are interesting little creatures by themselves, and are also interesting from metaphorical and symbolic perspectives.

This series will contain (not necessarily in this order):

4 Photographs for inspiration

2 Bilingual poems

2 Experimental poetry forms

2 Poetry topic ideas

2 Poems with explanations

1 Poem

1 Artwork for inspiration

The items in the series will start tomorrow and continue at least through April 12, 2017.  There will be an interruption of the series on Monday March 27, 2017 for a special post and if something comes up there may be either additions to posts or possibly interruptions.

So far on this blog, there have already been a few posts that reference dragonflies.  They include (at least):

Artwork to inspire poetry: dragonfly from March 20, 2017,

Poetry topic idea: Dragonflies from July 20, 2015,

A photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly from May 28, 2015,

Poem with an explanation: Searching from May 5, 2015, and

Post Series: The Orange Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Orange from September 5, 2014.

Please enjoy the series

Post Series: Poems with Explanations: No, you see

Today’s post is the twentieth and last post in the post series: poems with explanations.

Hopefully readers have enjoyed the series.  Hopefully all of the poems were enjoyable to read by themselves, but also, hopefully, the explanations expanded their value.  Hopefully readers learned more about poetry through the series.

If you liked the series and like poems with explanations in general, then please consider purchasing a copy of M. Sakran’s self-published eBook, Understanding: poems with explanations.  The eBook is a collection of twenty original poems, with explanations of each of them.  It is available for a price of $0.99.  It can also be purchased with currencies besides the U.S. dollar (see near the bottom of the post, Post Series: Poems with Explanations: Obstruction, for a list of usable currencies and links).  Again, if you liked the series and like poems with explanations in general, then please consider purchasing a copy.

The last poem and explanation of the series is below.

No, you see

What’s the matter?

You tired?

Alright, take a rest.




  Left over middle.

  Right over middle.

  Left over middle.

  Right over middle.

  Picking up one.

  Picking up two.




Oh, nothing, you see …

No, wait, you don’t understand.

No, you see there,

  One, two, three.

No, you


This poem is about someone getting shot and killed.  There are three beings in the poem: the person who is shot (the shootee), the shootee’s dog, and the shooter.  The poem begins with the shootee walking their dog and coming in front of the shooter’s house.  This poem is about misunderstanding and overreaction.

In the first line of the poem, the shootee asks their dog What’s the matter?.  The dog has stopped walking and is panting by the side of the street.  It is early morning.

In the second line of the poem, the shootee realizes that their dog is tired and asks their dog a rhetorical question about it.

In the third line, the shootee tells their dog to take a rest.  Where the person is walking, there are ditches in front of the homes.  In this line of the poem, as the shootee lets go of the leash and stands by the side of the road, the dog walks down into the ditch and lays down.

The next ten lines are indented.  These lines describe what the shootee does while their dog rests.  At first the shootee just stands.  The dog is resting for a while and the standing feels like it goes on.  The shootee’s legs get a little tired and so they crouch down.  They find some pine needles and start braiding them together.  They then stop this, and pick up a couple of pebbles and move them in their fingers.  After this, the shootee stands up again.

When the shootee stands, the homeowner comes out of their house.  The shootee says, Hi.  The homeowner (the shooter) is upset that someone has been standing in front of their house and asks angrily, “What are you doing here?”

The shootee is taken aback by this question and emotion and responds, “Hmm?”

The shooter then asks the question again, as they move closer and more angrily toward the shootee.

The shootee realizes the misunderstanding.  They realize that the shooter can only see them and not the dog, because the dog is in a ditch.  They understand the concern of the shooter.  They try to clear things up and explain by starting “Oh, nothing, you see …”

The shooter interrupts the shootee.  The shooter yells to the shootee to get away from the house.  The shooter moves closer and more angrily.

The shootee tries to explain again.

The shooter then repeats the demand that the shootee get away from the house.

The shootee tries to explain again.  As they do, they motion with their arm at the dog in the ditch.

When the shooter sees the shootee’s arm move, they assume the shootee is going to do something violent.  The shooter pulls out a gun and shoots the shootee.

The shootee hears three shots.

The shootee tries to explain as they die.


This poem is about a misunderstanding and overreaction that led to a shooting and killing.

The shootee in the poem was innocent.  In some sense, they made the mistake of loitering outside of someone’s home, but they had no criminal intent.

The shooter in the situation, was not really bad, but simply saw someone standing and waiting too long outside of their house.  The shooter never saw the shootee’s dog, which was in a ditch.  They felt threatened by the situation and even more threatened when they confronted the shootee and the shootee did not immediately leave.

This poem that is about a simple situation that escalated and went in the wrong direction.

One interesting aspect of this poem, in terms of its presentation, is that there is only one focus.  In the poem, the dog’s actions are not written out.  Also, the voice of the shooter is not directly articulated.  Only the words, and with one exception, only the actions of the shootee are shown.  The exception is the three gun shots.  These are articulated by the count in the poem.

In terms of form, in the poem, actions are indented two spaces (the actions of the person as they wait for their dog, and the gun shots).  Also, the last line ends abruptly, even without ellipses, to signify the shootee died.