Poem with an explanation: the scarecrow falls down

earthquake tremors start
rain falls on an autumn day
the scarecrow falls down


This poem is about a person with low blood sugar.  Their blood sugar has dropped dangerously low.

As this happens, the person starts to shake (earthquake tremors start) and they start to sweat (rain falls), even though they feel cool (on an autumn day).  Their condition worsens, and they collapse (the scarecrow falls down).

This poem is a 5-7-5 haiku.

Poem with an explanation: drought and rain

each day plant leaves wilt
soil turns from grains to stone
the monsoon arrives


This poem is about a common occurrence in people’s lives.  It describes a situation where first a person has nothing to do and then all of a sudden has too much to do.  It is about imbalance.

In the poem, the first two lines describe drought conditions.  The leaves are wilting from lack of water.  The soil is hardening under the bright sun.

These ideas are a metaphor for a person who to some degree is deteriorating because they have nothing to do.  An example of this might be a person who becomes unemployed.  As time goes on, it is possible the person’s condition might worsen.  They might change their sleep habits, their hygiene habits, and their daily routine.  They might do less and less as there seems to be nothing to do.  They might lose their motivation.

The last line of the poem describes a sudden overwhelming change.  In the poem the conditions change from a drought to a monsoon.  The monsoon will be long lasting.  The monsoon will cause flooding.  The monsoon will overwhelm.

This idea is a metaphor for a person all of a sudden having too much to do.  Using the example of the unemployed person, an example situation might be the person all of a sudden getting three part-time jobs.  The person instantly becomes busy.  They have a hard time juggling things.  They have a hard time keeping track of things.

These ideas describe imbalance.  Continuing the example, had the person had two part-time jobs or one full time job the entire time, they would have been in a state of balance.  They wouldn’t have had too little to do or too much.  They wouldn’t have experienced any sudden change.

This poem is a haiku.  It is written in the 5-7-5 style.  The first two lines describe one situation and the last line describes a change in the situation.  It uses nature as a metaphor for a human experience.

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.

Poem with an explanation: The rain fell

The rain fell –

the farmer celebrated,

the builder complained.


This poem is about how people respond to social issue news.

The news sometimes has stories about social issues.  It might be a law being passed, a change in public opinion, a change in industry practices, a survey, or something else.  The news presents some change in a social issue.

Upon hearing the news, people have different reactions.  People who support the change celebrate.  People who oppose the change complain.

The idiosyncrasy of the situation, is that although the reactions are different, the news is the same.  People hear exactly the same thing, but they have different responses to it.

This idea is portrayed in the poem.  In the poem it started to rain.  A farmer, who needs the rain for their crops, celebrates this occurrence.  The builder, who has to stop work because of the rain, complains.  Both people experience exactly the same thing, but they perceive it, are impacted by it, and respond to it in opposite ways.

The idea that people can see the same thing, but have different responses, can be a strange thing to an outside observer.  It seems inconsistent.  The poem highlights this idea.

Experimental Poetry Form: forwards and backwards

Today’s experimental poetry form is called forwards and backwards.  The form consists of two stanzas each with five lines.  The stanzas are mirror images of each other.  The first line of the second stanza is the same as the fifth line of the first stanza.  The second line of the second stanza is the same as the fourth line of the first stanza.  This continues with the rest of the lines.  The pattern looks as follows:



In writing the form, both stanzas should make sense.  To help with this, it might help to write both stanzas simultaneously, writing the matching lines at the same time and making sure they make sense.

Other than both stanzas making sense and the pattern above, the form has no other requirements.  Here is an example poem written using the form:

The rain did fall
upon the ground
while the lightning struck
and the thunder roared
as the sky darkened.

As the sky darkened
and the thunder roared
while the lightning struck
upon the ground
the rain did fall.

Poem with an explanation: The rain will come

The rain will come,
  weeds will grow,
  hairstyles will be ruined,
  clothes will be damaged,
  workers will be late,
  events will be cancelled,
  people will catch colds,
  roads will deteriorate,
  homes will have damage,
  cars will have accidents,
  homeless people will suffer.


The rain will come,
  plants will grow,
  animals will drink,
  things will look better,
  homes will be cleaned,
  allergens will decrease,
  air will be cooler,
  farmers will benefit,
  people will feel calmer,
  pollution will go down,
  people will have water.


This poem is symbolic of political discussions.  In the poem there is an issue: the rain will come.  This issue symbolizes political and social issues in society.

In the poem, there are two sides: those who think the rain coming will be bad and those who think the rain coming will be good.  The first stanza presents the side that thinks the rain will be bad, and the second stanza presents the side that thinks the rain will be good.

Each side presents ten points to support their view.  Essentially, each side is making truthful statements, however, they are speaking in certainties (will) rather than possibilities (may).

Generally speaking, each side presents stronger statements as they go.  For those against the rain and for the rain, the statements they make, generally, are more significant as they present their side.

Additionally, neither side makes any reference or acknowledgement of the other side or their view.  Each side presents its case unilaterally.

The poem has the general form that each side says something will get better or worse.  They present their views in very similar styles.

This poem expresses the feel that can sometimes come in political debates.  Each side in the poem speaks in certainties, is consistent in their view, does not acknowledge the opposing view, speaks to persuade, and speaks in a consistent style.

The poem symbolizes the idea that in political and social issue discussions, each side examines the same idea and yet sees it completely differently.  It also expresses faults that can happen when issues are discussed.