Poem series: Space: Tanka

looking through a lens
that is one half inch across
on a telescope
a small galaxy is seen
millions of miles in size


Poem series: Space: Sonnet

There is a globe that sits against a wall,
with a stuffed bear that keeps it in its space,
it’s small and round and looks just like a ball,
and the stuffed bear does keep it in its place.

But the small globe does look at what is drawn,
the map that shows the water and the land,
and it does wish to travel and be gone,
and take the trip that in its in mind it planned.

But the stuffed bear does hold the globe quite still,
and though the bear does this with kind regard,
the globe it does still have a feel of will,
and does so wish to leave its present guard.

A globe that sees a world that’s drawn on it,
remains upon the shelf where it does fit.

Poem series: Space: Rondeau

A room with books and a large chair,
with quietness that does feel rare,
and a window that looks outside,
where from distraction one can hide,
someone can sit and rest from wear.

Inside are books that show some care,
and two small lamps that form a pair,
a fireplace that’s to the side,
a room with books.

Like a burrow of a small hare,
or a stone cave for a brown bear,
this space does fit on the inside,
with a small space that’s not too wide,
where one can feel how well they fare,
a room with books.

Poem series: Space: Blank verse poem

To float among the planets and the moons,
in such a way as if they were condensed,
and with a pushing of the arms and hands,
as if to swim within a silent lake,
travel among the orbs that spin around,
and move from gas to red to ice to blue,
and stop and float and then descend within,
a sphere of blue that seems to glow and swirl,
and see colors and shapes of size and form,
that seem like art or as imagined things,
and fly around and see what feels like wind,
that blows within a breeze through shaded trees,
and move with speed and with agility,
around mountains and streams of flowing blue,
and land and walk upon a field ice,
and yet to feel no sense of any cold,
and then to walk into a cave of stone,
and see crystals that shine as light flows through,
and then to fly up high within the clouds,
through mists of gas that seem as if clear air,
over oceans that flow from south to north,
that have islands that seem like stepping stones,
to continents with shores of crystal sands,
with plains and hills and fields that go within,
and then to pause and take a time to breathe,
and wait some time before the push to fly,
that leads into the silence of the dark,
and see an orb of orange flowing gas,
and fly through dark toward what seems so nearby,
is a bright dream that seeing stars can cause.

A poem with an explanation: Crystal mistake

Crystal mistake

The cup of black tea was now bought,
and so the white can it was sought,
some crystals were poured,
the drinker then floored,
because it was salt that she got.


This poem is a limerick and is intended to be humorous.  The humor comes from the mistake of pouring salt instead of sugar into tea and then tasting it.

The first line of the poem introduces the object for the mistake.  A variety of foods and drinks could have been used.  Depending on what was chosen, the mistake could have been pouring sugar instead of salt.  A cup was chosen to imply hot tea instead of cold tea.  This was to help create a visual image in the mind of the reader.

The second line mentions a white can.  The color of the can is meant to hint at the contents of the can, by implying that the color of the contents is associated with the color of the can, without stating what the contents are.  A can was chosen because it is ambiguous in terms of what it contains.  If, for example, a bowl was chosen instead of can, it may have leaned too much toward sugar.

The third line goes with the second line in describing the substance in the can without stating what it is.  Crystals can imply either salt or sugar.  The substance was poured instead of spooned or sprinkled to continue the ambiguity of what it was.

One aspect of this poem to note at this moment is the idea of an intuitive feeling.  The intent of the first three lines is for the reader to intuitively feel that sugar is being poured into tea.  Hopefully this scene will be common to the reader.  If this intuitive feeling does not happen it will decrease the humorous effect of the punchline.  Without the intuitive feeling the reader will have to draw a connection to understand that the first three lines were meant to imply sugar, rather than simply experiencing humor with the punchline.  The idea of an intuitive feeling can be important in many poems.

The fourth line introduces a surprise both to the reader of the poem and to the person in the poem.  The line also introduces a mystery to the reader of why the drinker was floored.

The fifth line is the punchline of the joke and solves the mystery of the fourth line.

Another aspect of the poem is that although it is about sugar and salt, sugar is not actually mentioned in the poem.  Sugar is hinted at by the black tea, the white can and the crystals, but it is never mentioned.

Poetry topic idea: Waking up

Waking up can be an interesting poetry topic because of the different perspectives from which it can be viewed.

A poet could, for example, focus on waking up in the literal sense of the cessation of sleep.  With this literal sense, the poet could focus on a variety of ideas such as the transition from unconsciousness to consciousness, the ending of a dream (and the subsequent transition from imagination to reality), or the start of a new time period (which interestingly does not have to imply morning).

A poet could take the literal meaning of waking up and extend it.  A poet, for example, could focus on waking up as returning to consciousness after sedation (for example after a medical procedure).  The poet could also have a different perspective and focus on waking up from a coma.

In addition to the literal sense of waking up, a poet could focus on it figuratively.  A poet could use the idea of waking up to describe someone coming to a realization or someone deciding to make a change.

A poet could also utilize the idea in a metaphorical sense as in a machine waking up or an emotion waking up.

These perspectives above could be used alone or combined in different ways to make an interesting poem.  There are also other ways to view the idea of waking up in addition to the ways mentioned here.

Waking up is an interesting poetry topic because it can be viewed from many different perspectives.  Please feel free to use the poetry topic idea of waking up to write a poem.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Moon at morning

A photograph of the moon at morning

Above is a photograph of the moon at morning.  This photograph can inspire a poem in a variety of ways.  A poet could utilize a number of ideas such as:

  • The tenuous nature of the visibility of the moon at this time
  • The sense of the moon holding on
  • The relationship between the moon and the, at least visually, nearby cloud to the right
  • The idea that only part of the moon is visible
  • The paleness of the blue sky
  • A variety of metaphors represented by the above ideas

There are also many other ideas which this photograph could inspire and which could lead to a poem.

Here is an example of a poem inspired by this photograph:

a faint blue shadow

hiding in the sea

will soon disappear

Please feel free to use this photograph as inspiration for a poem.