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.

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Poem with an explanation: know the truth that it is day

twenty past three
and it was getting late
the force of the wind
was blowing strong

in the night
the monsters roamed
and in the light
the drums did beat

and so in the day
the steps were taken
to the woods
and back again

and days and days
did move on by
and by the fields
the hills were climbed

and then one day
it was two

and birds did sing
and butterflies flew
and flowers bloomed
beneath the sun

but in the caves
the ogres watched
and said their words
of vileness

and rain did fall
on butterflies
and clouds did cover
all the fields

but listen you
who walk the paths
the words of ogres
are not the end

walk the fields
and climb the hills
and look beyond
toward the sun

know the truth
that it is day

 

This poem is about a person losing weight, but rather than their accomplishment being applauded, they are looked down upon.

In the poem, a person starts off weighing 320 lbs.  This is referenced as a time (twenty past three).  The time reference is continued with the idea of getting late.  This refers to the idea that the person’s health is poor, and if steps aren’t taken, they might not live as long as they could.

The person finds themselves short of breath.  This feeling makes them worry.  This is related in the lines the force of the wind/was blowing strong.  The word force also relates to the fact that weight is a measure of force.

The person has this experience and it keeps them up at night (in the night/the monsters roamed).  They are worried that because of their weight, they might die.  The next day (and in the light) they are so worried that they can feel their heart beating inside of themselves (the drums did beat).

The person decides to make a change (and so in the day/the steps were taken).  The person starts walking (the steps were taken).  In the beginning, they can’t go very far and simply walk from one door of their house to another (to the woods/and back again).

The person keeps walking (and days and days/did move on by).  As they do, they find they are able to go farther and they leave their house (and by the fields/the hills were climbed).

The person keeps walking, and then one day, they fall below three hundred pounds (it was two).  It was two ties back into the idea of time from before.

The person is very happy (and birds did sing/and butterflies flew/and flowers bloomed/beneath the sun).

This happiness though isn’t shared by others.  The family of the person puts down their accomplishment.  They say the person is still overweight.  They say that being less than three hundred pounds isn’t an accomplishment.  They say the person hasn’t done anything.  They criticize the person and call them names (but in the caves/the ogres watched/and said their words/of vileness).

The person is saddened by this (and rain did fall/on butterflies/and clouds did cover/all the fields).

In the poem though, someone else speaks.  They talk to the person (but listen you/who walk the paths).  They tell the person that the words of their family aren’t what is important (the words of ogres/are not the end).

They encourage the person to keep on working (walk the fields/and climb the hills).  They tell them to look past the negative comments (and look beyond) and see the accomplishment they have made and where they are going (toward the sun).

They tell the person that the words of their family are lies (know the truth), and that the reality is they have done an amazing thing (that it is day).

This poem relates to something that happens in life.  A person can accomplish something that makes them feel good, but if that accomplish doesn’t meet the expectations of others, the person might be criticized for achieving so little in the eyes of others.  The poem express the idea that this is wrong and that people should feel good about their accomplishments, even if they have more to do.

Poem: and she said no

they taught the world
as the wind did blow
but then she stood
and she said no
she knew the words
of long ago
and spoke the truth
that she did know

they said that she
did not speak right
that she spoke words
of dark and night
they said that she
should change her sight
and see the world
in its own light

but she said no
she knew the way
she would not think
as they did say
despite their words
and come what may
in her belief
she’d always stay

they said that she
did speak a lie
that she was wrong
and they knew why
they held their signs
as they did cry,
“you are so wrong,
and we know why”

she left the place
and walked alone
their words did hit
like stick and stone
and as she left
she heard the tone
of that one word
they did condone

but in the light
she felt a sound
it came near her
and moved around
it cut the ties
and all that bound
and she did know
what she had found

Experimental Poetry Form: coins

Today’s experimental poetry form is called coins.  In the United States, there are pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars, and dollar coins (there may be others as well).  This lends itself to a poetry form with the numbers: 1 (penny), 5 (nickel), 10 (dime), 25 (quarter), 50 (half dollar) and 100 (dollar).

The poetry form consists of five stanzas.  The first stanza has just one syllable, the second five, the third ten, the fourth twenty five, the fifth fifty and the sixth one hundred.  The number of lines, in all but the first stanza, as well as other structural elements, such as indentations, are variable.

Here is an example poem written in the form:

You,

stand up,
and hear now,

the words that will be spoken,
by the twelve.

The thoughts they form,
from all the images,
will from now,
and for all who speak,
and hear,
be the truth that is.

Though not being,
not seeing,
not hearing,
not knowing,
the mark is made,
as words are said,
and into iron,
it is seared,
and into stone,
it is carved,
and all who see,
and all who hear,
will know the truth,
that is.

Yet what is this,
that they all speak,
that all affirm,
to now be truth?
It is half of life,
and half of sense,
and half of anything,
that is.
It is a cloud,
that stands,
with might,
and form,
and shape,
and with a yell,
says it is of stone,
and yet its strength,
is just a myth.
For the words that are said,
the truth that is chiseled,
are only words,
and only thoughts,
and are not stone,
and are not steel.
Yet all stand,
and hear words,
that are now truth.

Experimental Poetry Form: third word is the first word

Today’s experimental poetry form is called third word is the first word.  The form consists of ten lines, each ten words long.  The first word of each line, for lines two through ten, is the third word of the previous line.  So the first word of line two, is the third word of line one.  The first word of line three, is the third word of line two.  This continues for the remaining lines.  Here is a poem written in the form with italics and bold to show the word pattern.

When that silver bell tolls softly in the far distance,
silver butterflies take flight as if on a soft breeze.
Take care though, of the bright silver shine and sound.
Though appearing as though a charm, it is a curse.
As silver in the light and on the breeze shines,
in the glow dark bats hide and let out shrieks.
Glow and resonance hides the truth of coming devouring death.
Resonance is a shield of deception for all that follows.
A warning given, is to beware the sound and shine.
Given the truth, shield your eyes and ears now quickly.

Bilingual Poem: Somewhere there are lies

Somewhere there are lies,
blocking the sound of truth,
claiming they are wise,
somewhere there are lies.
With force there are cries,
in a way that is uncouth,
somewhere there are lies,
blocking the sound of truth.

El alguna parte hay mentiras,
bloqueando el sonido de verdad,
afirmando ellos son sabio,
el alguna parte hay mentiras.
Con fuerza hay gritos,
en una manera es grosero,
el alguna parte hay mentiras,
bloqueando el sonido de verdad.

 

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