Poetry topic idea: a table

Today’s poetry topic idea is a table.  While a basic thing, a table can have many poetry ideas.  Below are some examples.  A poet could write about, among other things,

  • the forest the wood for the table came from (assuming the table was wooden)
  • someone paying bills at the table
  • people eating a meal at the table
  • the factory or workshop where the table was made
  • the idea of support, which is what a table does
  • different levels of tables, from simple to fancy, and ideas with them
  • the symbolism of a table made of metal or particle board made to look like solid wood
  • the symbolism of a scratch in a new table
  • a table being assembled
  • a table that is too small
  • a table that is too large

Each of these ideas could be expanded to incorporate many themes and other ideas.  The general idea would be for a poet to use a table as a start for exploring further topics.

Poem series: The Sun: The beams

Beams shine out as rays from the bright star that glows,
through mist in the air they form rainbows,
and they do shine on plants that reach up high,
and let eyes see a red rose.
The beams travel down from space through the bright blue sky,
and shine on birds that fly.
The beams shine on the earth as it goes.


The poem above is the last one of the Sun poem series.  It utilizes the experimental poetry form from the March 19, 2015 post that was called Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern.

Poem series: The Sun: To write a poem

To write a poem

Trying to think of words,
deciding to go outside,
through the glass,
noticing the yellow color,
that was not noticed before,
and once outside,
thinking of heat from earlier,
that was thought of earlier,
trying to look up,
but could only glimpse,
trying again,
but could only see,
something that seemed blue and white and yellow at the same time,
with beams coming out of it,
and standing away from it,
thinking that could not look,
feeling the heat,
on the neck,
and the arms,
then going inside,
and noticing that the eyes have to readjust,
and that the skin feels warm,
as words are typed,
for a poem.

Poem Series Voting Result and The First Poem of The Series

Last week on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, there was voting for topics for a poem series.  The possible topics were: The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound.

The winning topic was, The Sun.

Starting with today’s post, and for the rest of posts through Friday, there will be one poem per day about The Sun.

Here is today’s poem:


The sky was dark and stars did shine,
and out in space the world did turn,
and as it did there was a sign,
that things would change from what they were.

Out far there was a line of earth,
that seemed to meet the sky above,
before that time there was a dearth,
of light along that far long line.

But then a light did seem to grow,
along the line that was so far,
at first it seemed to be so low,
but soon the sky did change its tone.

The sky that was so black in hue,
did change and glow with yellow light,
and then there was a change to blue,
as the sun rose up in the dawn.

Poem with an explanation: Please heed the request

Please heed the request,
to have a voice,
to pick a choice,
to see something.

Please heed the request,
to just pick one,
to then be done,
to express opinion.

Please heed the request,
to not just snooze,
to read and choose,
to show thought.


The above poem is about the voting this week for next week’s poem series topic.  The poem is not just a poem, it is a request to vote.  Please vote.  Voting is simple.  Simply click the choice in the area below and then click submit.

As an additional explanation of the poem, the poem above has three stanzas.  Each stanza has the same form.  Each first line is “Please heed the request”.  The subsequent three lines of each stanza starts with “to”.  The middle two lines of each stanza each have four words and in each stanza, those two lines rhyme.  The last line of each stanza is three words long.

Again, please vote.

Experimental Poetry Form: Seven lines, random syllable counts, and a rhyming pattern

This experimental poetry form consists of seven lines.  The lines have the following syllable counts: 11, 9, 10, 7, 12, 6 and 9.  The syllable counts were determined, by shuffling a deck of cards, dealing out seven and giving syllable counts corresponding to the values.  The rhyming pattern is AABABBA.  This pattern matches the odd/even qualities of the syllables counts of the lines.  Odd lines, are A rhymes, even lines, are B rhymes.  The form has no meter.  Here is an example poem written in the form:

Upon the soft grass and looking up so high,
and seeing a hawk as it does fly,
gliding above without flapping a wing,
makes one think and wonder why,
as the hawk flies above in a circular ring,
why there it does not sing,
because it seems with joy it would try.

P.S. Voting is available this week, for next week’s poem series.  Please see this past Monday’s Post to vote or use the form below.  The possible topics are The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound.  To vote using the form below, click a topic and then click submit.

A photograph to inspire poetry: A Bee

A Bee

Above is a photograph of a bee, which can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by the photograph (and the experience of taking it):

taking a photo,
saying aloud to the bee,
oh please bee, don’t sting

P.S. Voting is available this week, for next week’s poem series.  Please see this past Monday’s Post to vote.  The possible topics are The Sun, The Color Green, Coins, Carrots, and Sound.