Poetry topic idea: birthdays

Today’s poetry topic idea is birthdays.  Birthdays are a very special day where a person is given extra positive attention, at least theoretically.  Birthdays can also turn out to be not so good.

In yesterday’s post, there was a poem about a not so good birthday.  Other examples that might be used in poetry might be birthdays where:

  • no one comes to a person’s party
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  • a person is a victim of a practical joke on their birthday by their supposed friends
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  • a person is a victim of a crime or other significant negative event on their birthday
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  • a person experiences some kind of social drama on their birthday. For example, a person they don’t like shows up at their party or they get something that looks like a gift, but is really something meant to hurt their feelings.

Looking at birthdays that fulfill their positive potential, a poet could write about:

  • a person who was cured of an illness getting to another birthday
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  • a birthday where a person is actually given extra positive attention all day
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  • a birthday where a person gets a gift that brings them to tears of joy
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  • a birthday where a person does something they always wanted to do
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