Poetry topic idea: introversion

Today’s poetry topic idea is introversion.  There are a lot of ways to look at introversion.  Poet could write about:

  • The difference between introversion and extroversion.
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  • The societal perception of introversion.
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  • An introvert finding something difficult (e.g. mingling at a party)
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  • An introvert finding something relaxing (e.g. sitting by themselves reading a book).
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  • An introvert not talking to someone (e.g. a stranger next to them on a plane trip).
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  • An introvert expressing themselves (for example, through poetry).
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  • A person trying to overcome their introversion. An example of this might be an introvert getting a sales job even though they find it difficult.
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  • A person embracing their introversion. An example of this might be an introvert getting a job copy editing because they find it comfortable.
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  • An extrovert attempting to get an introvert to “get out of their shell”.
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  • An introvert before a social gathering.
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  • An introvert after a social gathering.
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  • The difference between introversion and shyness.

Here is an example poem:

no one
talked to him
at the party
because he
talked to no one

he
talked to no one
at the party
because no one
talked to him
 
 
Note: There will be no new blog post on the blog on Monday June 17, 2019. The next new blog post will be on June 18, 2019.

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Poetry topic idea: measurement

Today’s poetry topic idea is measurement.  There are a number of types of measurements a poet could write about.  A poet could write about:

  • Different categories of measurements. These include things like length, mass, volume, and time.
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  • Measurements a person might take of themselves. These could include weight, height, blood pressure, shoe size, and waist circumference.
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  • Health measurements. These could be things that might be measured in blood tests.
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  • Performance measurements. These could be things like grades, times in races, or employee review scores.
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  • Financial measurements. This could be something like a credit score.
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  • Social media measurements. These could be things like likes, follows, and views.
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  • Television ratings.

When looking at measurements, a poet could examine them from a number of different angles.  For example, if a poet wrote about grades they could view them from different perspectives.  They could write about grades from the point of view of the person designing the thing to be graded, the person grading the item, the person teaching the material to be graded, and the person being graded.  They could look at the validity of grades as a measure of learning.  They could look at different grading categories.

As an example, here is a poem that looks at the measurement grading:

To be placed,
in the above level class,
a score of ninety,
was required.

She got,
eight nine.

Poetry topic idea: coins

Today’s poetry topic idea is coins.  Coins can be used in a variety of ways in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Chance. A poet could write about flipping a coin to decide something.
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  • Groupings. Coins can be grouped in various ways.  One way is by denomination.  Other ways could be color or size.  A poet could write about different things grouped in different ways.
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  • Value. Coins have value that is defined.  A poet could apply this idea to things or people.
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  • Metals. Coins are made of metal.  A poet could write about different metals and alloys.
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  • Buying something. Coins can be used to make purchases.  A poet could write about small purchases made with coins.

Coins can also be used to make experimental poetry forms.  The values of the coins for example, can be used as different numbers in poetry forms.  They could be syllable counts, line counts, letter counts, and so forth.

Here is a poem using coins:

one hundred and twenty four cents

sorry sir,
the pain medicine
costs a dollar thirty

Poetry topic idea: injuries

Today’s poetry topic idea is injuries.  There are a number of aspects of injuries a poet could write about.  They could write about: how they occur, different types of injuries, how injured people respond, how people around injured people respond, treatment for injuries, and recovery from injuries.

Here is a poem that uses the poetry topic idea injuries:

All right,
it’s time for your x-ray,
if you could just put your broken arm,
in the most uncomfortable position possible,
no wait … a little more uncomfortable,
no wait … a little more,
there you go.

Now just hold that for five minutes.

Poetry topic idea: cleaning

Today’s poetry topic idea is cleaning.  There are a number of ways a poet could write about cleaning.  A poet could write about:

  • Cleaning a building.
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  • Cleaning workers.
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  • Spring cleaning.
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  • Cleaning metaphorically.
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  • Sanitizing.
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  • Cleaning an object.
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  • Clean as a metaphor for being off drugs.
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  • Clean in a medical sense.
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  • Clean as in containing no objectionable content.
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  • Cleaning up a town (as might be seen in an old western).

 

Here is a poem using the idea of cleaning:

they thought the staff
was overpaid
until the staff left
and they themselves
had to do the work

Poetry topic idea: fitness

Today’s poetry topic idea is fitness.  A poet could write about a number of subjects related to fitness.  Some of them include: fitness itself, exercise, weight lifting, cardiovascular health, weight loss, muscle, physical ability, appearance, body image, general health, wellness, running, swimming, cycling, walking, weight, measurements, and goals.

Here is an example poem using fitness:

three thousand five hundred fifty steps
five days
seventeen thousand seven hundred fifty steps

sixty pounds
three sets
ten reps
three exercises
three days
sixteen thousand two hundred pounds

ten laps
twenty five meters
three days
seven hundred and fifty meters

thirty four thousand seven hundred

one body

Poetry topic idea: home

Today’s poetry topic idea is home.  Home can inspire poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Home vs. house. A poet could write about the distinction between a place that has meaning (home) and a place that is simply a dwelling (a house).  They could write about what this means and how it develops.
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  • Home buying and selling. A poet could write about the process and what the experience is like.
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  • Home repair. A poet could write about repairs in a home.
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  • Home decorating.
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  • Home insurance.
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  • Home in general.
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  • Returning home.
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  • Home as a place of respite.

 

Here is an example poem:

13 hours

car
driving in circles
parking place
small bus
airport
walking
walking
walking
airplane
sitting
tiny seat
sitting
where are the headphones?
airport
walking
walking
tram thing
walking
walking
a burger costs how much?
airplane
why wasn’t this a direct flight?
sitting
tiny seat
flat soft drink
airport
walking
walking
people mover thing
walking
no the other way
walking
walking
people mover thing
walking
where are the bags?
standing
standing
they’re black with blue tags
(they’re all black with blue tags)
standing
standing
getting bags
walking
walking
car
waiting
it’s blue and yellow
no that red
it’s blue and yellow
small bus
walking
car

home?

home?

it’s really you?

Poetry topic idea: makeup

Today’s poetry topic idea is makeup.  Makeup can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Appearance. Makeup is meant to change, and generally improve, a person’s appearance.  A poet could write about appearance and how makeup alters it.  They could focus on before and after, societal ideas of appearance, self-worth, inner appearance vs. outer appearance, and other things.
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  • Masks. A poet could relate makeup to the idea of masks.  They could write about things like a person changing how they act to reflect their appearance.
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  • Movies. Makeup is used in movies.  A poet could write about characters, roles, and how an actor can appear different with the use of makeup.
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  • Hiding. Makeup can be used to hide things such as aging, blemishes, tiredness, and so forth.  A poet could write about this and expand on the idea of hiding.
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  • Beauty. Makeup can be related to beauty.  A poet could write about beauty and approach it from different perspectives.

Here is a poem inspired by makeup:

Before,
there were black and white movies,
and none thought
that something was lacking.

But then,
color came
and movies were glowing
and bright,
and all of a sudden
black and white movies,
didn’t seem the same.

Once something has been added,
the previous situation,
which seemed sufficient,
becomes lacking.

Poetry topic idea: gossip

Today’s poetry topic idea is gossip.  There are different ways a poet could use gossip in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • People gossiping about the poet. They could write about what they could say, how they would say it, and what the poet would feel.
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  • People gossiping about some third person. A poet could write about people gossiping about someone other than the poet.  Again, they could write what they could say, how they would say it, and what the person they are talking about would feel.
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  • The effects of gossip.
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  • Celebrity gossip. A poet could write about this from different perspectives.  They could write about celebrities, the gossipers, and the people consuming the gossip.
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  • The truth or falseness of gossip.
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  • Themselves gossiping. A poet could write a poem where they gossip.  Rather than doing harmful gossip though, the poet could focus on the effects of their gossip.  They could view it remorsefully.
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  • Nonhuman objects or beings gossiping. A poet could write a poem where animals gossip.  They could write a poem where objects gossips (e.g. the romance book on a shelf gossiping about a science fiction book on another shelf).

Here is an example poem using the idea of gossip:

Did you hear about Ham?

 What?

He dumped Cheddar for Swiss.

 No way!

That’s not all,
last week,
he was seen with Colby.

 Wait,
 wasn’t Colby,
 with Turkey?

Poetry topic idea: books

Today’s poetry topic idea is books.  There are a number of things a poet could write about that reference books.  Some ideas include:

  • Libraries.
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  • Librarians.
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  • Novels.
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  • Diaries.
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  • Dusty tomes.
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  • Imagination.
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  • Learning.
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  • Studying.
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  • School.
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  • Encyclopedias.
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  • Writing.
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  • Publishing.
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  • Bookstores.
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  • Books of poetry (Like M. Sakran’s book First Try)
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  • eBooks (Like M. Sakran’s eBook Understanding: poems with explanations)
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  • Authors.
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  • Paper.
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  • Fonts.
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  • Printing.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea books:

Finding the diary,
in the attic,
he learned what really happened,
all those years ago.