Poem Series: George: Christmas gifts

Your Christmas gifts,
the treats,
the toy,
the mineral thing,
you’ll never get to use them.
Sorry George.
Maybe,
you can have some flowers.

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Poem: tears of regret

There’s a moment,
where you think someone may die,
and as you sit by their bed,
holding their hand,
you are filled with regret.

You regret the time,
you didn’t spend with them.

You regret the anger,
that you showed them.

You regret all the meaningless things,
that you put before them.

In that moment,
as you watch them breathe,
and pray that it will not stop,
the days and years pass by in your mind,
and all those moments that should not have been,
are reminded to you.

You say kind words,
and express your love,
and say from within your depth,
that you are sorry.

In this moment,
whatever happens,
learn from this.

Learn from the regret,
learn from the sorrow,
learn from all that you believe you lost.

In time,
either good or bad,
the time will pass,
and when it does,
do not forget.

Do not forget,
the feelings you had.

Do not forget,
the sorrow you felt.

Do not forget,
your regret.

Do not,
let things,
become normal again.

Do not,
let things,
be as they were.

Although the effort may strain,
and the logic may strain,
and the petty things may strain,
do not forget.

The day will come,
again,
when you sit by a bed,
and hold a hand,
and all those words,
and all those logics,
of why you should not have changed,
will shatter like glass.

Don’t let that happen.

Don’t be in that place.

Learn from the tears,
and go a new path,
so that by the bed,
in the future,
while there may be tears of sorrow,
there will not be,
tears of regret.

Experimental Poetry Form: stanza with amphibrachic meter

Today’s experimental poetry form uses amphibrachic meter.  An example of a word with amphibrachic meter is “regretful”.

To keep things simple, as the meter could possibly be less commonly used, the form has only one stanza with five lines and no rhyme.  Each line has three amphibrachic feet.

Here is an example poem:

Regretful expressions continue,
enduring beyond the encounter,
survey lines establish a title,
a lasting control of attention,
enduring within the remembrance.

Experimental Poetry Form: Eight, eight and first words

This experimental poetry form called is eight, eight and first words.  In the form, there are eight lines.  Each line has eight words.  There is a word pattern as follows:

The first word of the second line, is the second word of the first line.

The first word of the third line, is the third word of the first line.

The first word of the fourth line, is the fourth word of the first line.

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.
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The first word of the eighth line, is the eighth word of the first line.

The form looks as follows with *’s representing words that aren’t repeated with any intention, and letters representing repeated words:

ABCDEFGH
B*******
C*******
D*******
E*******
F*******
G*******
H*******

Here is an example poem:

There thinking back upon the past decision made,
thinking of the moment of choice that day,
back in the place with the stone pathways,
upon the ground with the designation of thought,
the deep sense of stepping forward with words,
past decisions though cannot be changed with sense,
decision is a stone with a great weight,
made by moments of past thoughts and times.

Some issues to keep in mind when using the form are, first, to think about the form of words in the first line.  The form of verb or whether a noun is singular or plural can affect its use as the first word of another line.  Also, counting by words may not be as natural to some as counting by syllables.  Counting the words of each line as each is written would be advisable.  Thirdly, there is the idea that the poem must make sense in the form.  It must fit within it and still have some clarity.

Experimental Poetry Form: firefly

Today’s experimental poetry form is called firefly.  It has the following characteristics:

It is one line long.

The line consists of seven words (there are seven letters in firefly).

Each word is two syllables long (although there are probably different thoughts on this, firefly could be considered a two syllable word).

The poem is an acrostic for firefly.

 

Here is an example poem:

Fighting intense regrets, empties flowing letters yearly.

Bilingual Poem: Regret

Lying on the floor,
unable to breathe,
unable to see,
and thinking,
as consciousness fades,
of all the times,
the smoke alarm batteries,
could have been changed.

Tumbando en el piso,
no poder hacer respirar,
no poder hacer ver,
y pensando,
mientras conocimiento se apaga,
de todos los tiempos,
baterías de alarma de humo,
podrían estuvieron cambiaron.

 

P.S. As mentioned before, M. Sakran is not bilingual.  The translation above was done using a dictionary, by looking up verb conjugation, and by using previous knowledge.  It is very possible that some mistakes were made in the translation above.  Hopefully though, it is close enough, that the message comes across.  If any readers are bilingual, and would like to send M. Sakran a better translation, feel free to do so using the form on the contact page.  It won’t be posted, however, it would be an aid to M. Sakran.

Post Series: Poems with Explanations: With regret

Dear S.,

Alright, how does this start?  How do these words come out and float around, but not hit the target (but still hit the target)?  You know what this is going to say.  Why else would this be here?

It failed.

Wow, there’s a finality to that.  There it is.  It failed.  The coin is thrown in the pond.  It’s gone.

What are you thinking now?  Your mind is probably going through a whole kaleidoscope of things.  All those colors blending.

You have questions.  You’re probably upset.  If you’re wondering, there is an explanation.  But … does it really matter?  Who cares if this can be justified?  It just is.

There’s a desire here to apologize.  Something though, makes it feel condescending.  After all this … a little sorry?  The feeling of not wanting to hear it is understandable.

There isn’t anything that can make this better than it is.  There’s really no way to glue the vase back together.  Please know, whatever you feel should be felt here – it is.

With regret,

A. P.

 

This poem is written as a letter.  A. P. is writing a letter to tell S. that something failed.  A. P. is regretful and sorrowful but realizes that words are lacking in this situation.  A. P. is trying to express feelings and empathy, but is struggling.

The name S. simply stands for Someone.  The name A. P. stands for A Person.  While at first glance, this may seem a little bit underwhelming, the idea here was just to make these people nondescript.  They have no age, no gender, no nationality.  They are blank in some sense.  The idea was to not have the people distract from the letter.

The letter starts with Dear.  Starting a letter with To is impersonal.  Dear can be personal or impersonal depending on the situation.  In this case, there is a slight personal quality to it.

A. P. starts by asking a question. A. P. is trying to signify a difficulty in expressing something. They aren’t getting to the point right away.  Despite this though, in some way, by starting off point, A. P. is signifying to S. that the information is going to be bad.  The idea is that a person might not talk around a point, if the point were good.

The next sentence, again, reflects A. P.’s difficulty with expression.  A. P. wants to say something, without saying it.

In the next two sentences, A. P. realizes the conclusion from above – that not directly saying something, is implying that the something is going to be bad.  There is a presumption here, that A. P. not only realizes that S. sees this, but also, that S. knows what this letter is referring to.  A. P. realizes that S. has figured out the unspoken subject of the letter.

In the next paragraph, A. P. is short and direct.  A. P. gets to the point.  In the first paragraph, A. P. was struggling to say something.  Here, A. P. has forced themselves to say what they were afraid to say before.  A. P. doesn’t say what failed.  A. P. understands that S. will know what A. P. is referring to, without A. P. saying what it is.

In the next paragraph, A. P. writes again like the first.  There is almost an aside.  There is almost a commentary on the words of the letter.  A. P., in the first sentence, realizes that the paragraph before was like jumping from something.  There’s a finality to it.  There’s a sense, that once the jump is made, there is no way to go back.  That is how A. P. feels about directly saying that the something in question failed.  A. P. states the fact again and then uses a metaphor of a coin being thrown in a pond as an analogy.

After this, A. P. realizes that S. is impacted by the news that this something failed.  They wonder what S. is thinking about it.  They realize that there must be a mixture of different thoughts and emotions.

In the next paragraph, A. P. tries to express the idea that the mixture of things that S. is thinking and feeling, really doesn’t matter in a sense.  A. P. feels that the finality of the something failing, is so final, that there really isn’t any sense of talking about it.  It would be like analyzing something that will not be done again, what would be the point?

At this point, A. P. wants to apologize.  A. P. feels at fault for the failure.  A. P. resists this though.  They almost envision an upset S. saying, “After all this … a little sorry?”  A. P. realizes that S. will see the sorry as insufficient, and so much so, that it might be angering, and so A. P. doesn’t write it.

In the last paragraph, A. P. again expresses the finality of what has failed.  They use the analogy of trying to glue a shattered vase back together.  A. P. realizes that S. wants A. P. to feel something about this.  A possibility might be regret.  A. P. writes that they are feeling what they think S. would want them to feel.

A. P. then ends the letter expressing regret.

This poem is written as a letter, but still has poetic elements.

As mentioned above, the writer and receipt of the letter are only referred to with initials.

A. P. asks rhetorical questions.

Almost all of the letter has an indirect quality to it.

Analogies are used.

There are ten parts to the letter.

There is the idea that what failed, is never said.

A. P. doesn’t directly refers to themselves in the letter, with the exception of the ending.

Although unintentional, it does turn out that every letter of the alphabet was used at least once in the letter.

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Do you like poems with explanations?

M. Sakran’s self-published book of poems with explanations called Understanding: poems with explanations is available for purchase as an eBook for an available price of $0.99. Buy your copy today!

To help celebrate the self-publication of this book, there is a post series of poems with explanations on the blog.  Above is a poem with an explanation for the series.  This poem with an explanation (as well as the rest in the series) is not from the book.  It is a different one that is part of this post series for readers to read and enjoy.