Bilingual Poem: in the prison cell

The time is passed,
in the prison cell,
enough books read,
for a Ph. D.


El tiempo es pasó,
en la celda de cárcel,
bastante libros leyó,
para un Doctorado en Filosofía y Letras.


Poem with an explanation: Don’t look, just listen, time will pass

Don’t look at the sand,
don’t look at the stone,
don’t look at the fire.

Just listen to bells,
just listen to flutes,
just listen to melodies.

Time will pass,
as eyes are closed.


This poem is about walking on a treadmill.  The idea of the poem is about not doing things and doing things to help the time go by faster.

The first stanza, has three don’ts.  It says not to look at the sand, the stone and the fire.  On the treadmill, there is a display.  It shows the time, distance and calories burned.  The idea is that if a person looks at these things as they try to reach some goal, that the time will feel slower.  Focusing on the numbers as they change has the psychological effect of making them seem to move slower.  The first stanza says not to look at them.  The sand, is symbolic of sand in an hour glass, which is representative of time.  Stone is symbolic of a road which represents distance.  Fire refers to burning which represents the calories burned.

The first stanza said what not to do.  The second stanza says what to do.  It is saying to listen to music as a form of distraction.  The first stanza was more symbolic than the second.

The last stanza describes the effect of the actions of the first two stanzas.  It is basically saying that by not looking at the display, and listening to music instead, that a person will be distracted, and their mind may wander.  When the person’s mind wanders, they may not see in a sense.  This can happen when a person daydreams.  The end effect is that the time exercising feels faster.

This poem is written as three stanzas and three sentences.  The first two stanzas are filled with repetition.  The first one repeats “Don’t look at the” and the second one repeats “Just listen to”.


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Artwork to inspire poetry: five minute tree

five minute tree

This is an artwork to inspire poetry.  It called five minute tree.  This tree was made using computer software.  Before the tree was started, a timer was set for five minutes.  The actual artwork itself was only worked on for the duration of the timer (the program was opened before the timer, and the artwork was saved and then used for this post after the timer).

The idea here was to have an arbitrary restriction on art and see the result.  In this case, the restriction was time.  Some things came from this restriction:

  • The tree has no leaves.
  • There are some areas of the tree, like very thick branches, that would have been changed if given the time.
  • The top of the tree is not shown.
  • There is no background around the tree.
  • The tree has few details.
  • There are only two shades of brown in the tree.
  • There are no extras, like birds’ nests, in the tree.

The fact that time was restricted, led to a different artwork than if it wasn’t.  This same idea could be applied to poetry.  A poet could set a time limit (or other restriction) on the creation of a poem and see what the result is.  Like using a form for a poem, having restrictions can change the outcome.

In addition to the restriction used to create this artwork, it can also inspire poetry by itself.  Poets could write about a tree with no leaves, for example.  They could, for example, compare the idea of a tree with no leaves in winter, with the idea of a tree with no leaves in summer.  In the first case, there is a sense of hope, in the second, there might not be.

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern: Flowers

Flowers that were planted some place in the past,
put there for a time thought not to last,
and yet one day before the even time,
from the dark they came up fast,
and though there was no memory they still did climb,
silently like a mime,
right through forgetfulness that was cast.


(29/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Seven lines, random syllables counts, and a rhyming pattern

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Alphabetical order rhyme: The ships of time

Though some with hope wish they could block,
swift time that’s measured by the clock,
the ships of time pull into dock,
as minute birds fly as a flock,
above the sea nearby the loch.
And though the sea it does not mock,
the wind does blow and ships do rock,
as each moment the clock does tock.
(18/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Alphabetical order rhyme

Poem with an explanation: Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow or some other time

This is today,
but this is yesterday,
actually, in some way,
this is tomorrow,
from a certain perspective,
it’s today,
it could be yesterday,
or some other time in the past,
for now,
today is today.


This poem is about this blog post and time.  It is curious when blog posts are posted, because the date a blog post is written, the date it is posted, and the date it is read, can all be different dates.  So time varies.  That is the idea of the poem.

The more detailed explanation of the poem below, is somewhat confusing, because it deals with ideas like today, tomorrow and yesterday, which are variable depending on perspective (today, for now, is today, but tomorrow, it will be yesterday).  Hopefully it can be followed, and no mistakes were made in it.

The first line is about right now, as this is being typed (on July 20, 2015), but, this post, is for tomorrow (July 21, 2015), so, if this is posted tomorrow (July 21, 2015), then from the point of when it was posted (July 21, 2015), this is yesterday (the second line in the poem and really today (July 20, 2015)).

The next two lines in the poem [actually, in some way/this is tomorrow] reference the idea that this post is supposed to be posted tomorrow (July 21, 2015).  The next three lines though, [but/from a certain perspective, it’s today] references the idea that if this is read by a reader tomorrow (July 21, 2015) then from the point of the view of the reader, it is today (July 21, 2015, which is the date the post was (will be?) posted).

But, since this post could be read some time after tomorrow, from the point of view of the reader it could be yesterday (if the post was read on July 22, 2015 and the reader saw that the post was posted on July 21, 2015), which references the lines [although/depending/it could be yesterday], or it could be seen as [some other time in the past], for example last week, if a reader were to read this post on July 28, 2015.

Despite all of the time references above though, as the poem says [but/for now/today is today], meaning, before this is posted, it still is the present.

Poetry topic idea: A Random Time

Today’s poetry topic idea is slightly different – it is variable.  The topic idea, is whatever time it happens to be when this blog post is read.  For example, as this was typed, the time was 8:14.

Using whatever time it is when this is read, a poet could write a poem.  They could write about something happening at the time.  They could find symbolism in the numbers as well.  Additionally, they could use the time as the basis for a form.  For example, the time could represent syllable counts for lines.  For example, if the time was 8:14, then the poem could have alternating lines of 8 and 14 syllables (if the time had been 8:56, a poet could have three lines that rotated, one with 8, one with 5 and one with 6 syllables).  There are other idea as well.

This poetry topic idea is interesting because it would have the chance to be different for the different poets who apply it, assuming that they read this post at different times.

As a note, the time used in this poetry topic idea is intended to be random.  Despite this, it is possible that this was read online by a poet at a predetermined hour (for example, a person might decide to go online at eight).

Despite this, the time could still be considered random because, 1) the poet did not know that they were going to use the time for a poem and so they did not pick the time with that intention, 2) even if the general hour was predetermined, it is unlikely that the exact minute was, 3) a poet could utilize the seconds in the time (for example 8:14:32) to add an extra element if the hour and minutes were not felt to be random enough, and 4) it is possible that the hour this was read was not predetermined (maybe the poet read it at some random time that they had free).

Another interesting thing about this idea, is that it could also be reapplied later.  A poet could, for example, pick some event (like when the phone rings), and decide to write a poem based on the time that that happened.