Poetry topic idea: Saint Nicholas

Today is Saint Nicholas day.  Happy Saint Nicholas day!

Santa Nicholas is the model for Santa Claus.  Saint Nicholas was Archbishop of Myra and was a wonderful person.  All should take the time to learn about Saint Nicholas.

As you learn about Saint Nicholas you can write poetry about him.  You could write about:

  • What he did at the Council of Nicea

  • Miracles attributed to him

  • The story of him helping the tree girls

  • How he compares to Santa Claus

  • Various groups he is the patron saint of

  • Various Saint Nicholas day celebrations

Here is a Saint Nicholas inspired poem:

Shoes left outside the door,
coins and candy found inside,
commemorating just one of the things,
you’ve done.


Poetry topic idea: exercise

Today’s poetry topic idea is exercise.  There are a lot of different ways a poet could use exercise in poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Different types of exercises. For example, a poet could write about weight training, jogging, or swimming.

  • Exercising at different levels of fitness. A poet could examine the difference between what it is like to exercise when a person isn’t very fit and what it is like to exercise when a person is.  They could look at this from the person’s point of view or from the point of view of others.  They could also examine it from a before and after perspective.

  • Goals of exercise. People exercise for different reasons.  Some people exercise to lose weight.  Other people exercise to gain muscle.  Some people exercise because of sport they play.  Other people exercise to prevent a disease.  There are other examples.  A poet could write about different ones.

  • A person’s view of exercise. Some people like to exercise and other people don’t.  A poet could examine both points of view.


Here is an example poem using exercise:

He heard the comments,
as he labored by,
and knew it was wrong.

But six months,
and two hundred and forty miles later,
he couldn’t hear anything,

he was moving too fast.

Poetry topic idea: paint

Today’s poetry topic idea is paint.  There are a lot of ways to use the idea of paint in poetry.  Below are some.  A poet could:

  • Actually paint a poem. Rather than writing with a pen or pencil or typing on a keyboard, a poet could paint their poem.  This could turn their poem into art.

  • Be inspired by a painting made by someone else.

  • Paint a picture that inspires a poem.

  • Write about painting a picture.

  • Write about painting something utilitarian like a wall, house, car, etc.

  • Write about how something looks painted in a metaphorical sense, like a landscape.

  • Write about the physical properties of paint. It’s thickness, how it looks, how it dries.

  • Write about paint on a person, like a person might paint their face to be a character in a play.

Poetry topic idea: Halloween

As today is Halloween, today’s poetry topic idea is Halloween.  Happy Halloween.

There are a number of ways a poet could write about Halloween.  A poet could write about:

  • Trick or treating.

  • Costumes.

  • The history of Halloween.

  • Alternatives to Halloween.

  • Frightening things.

  • Horror movies.

  • Candy.

  • Jack-o-lanterns.

  • Decorations.

Poetry topic idea: cards

Today’s poetry topic idea is cards.  There are a number of types of cards.  Some include: credit cards, debit cards, identification cards, playing cards, security cards, key cards, business cards, greeting cards, and post cards.  There are others as well.

A poet could pick one or more of these or other types of cards and use the idea of them in poetry.  Here is an example poem:

The business card,
went in the bowl.
Would he get,
the free dinner?

Poetry topic idea: breakfast

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

  • The idea of eating after a period of fasting. The word breakfast is two words together: break and fast.  It implies the idea of breaking a fast.  In the case of breakfast in the morning, this would be the fast of not eating during the night.  This idea of eating after fasting could be applied to other situations.  Additionally, the idea could be expanded to include doing any action after a period of not doing it.  This could be presented either positively or negatively.

  • Breakfast foods. Breakfast foods can be familiar.  They might include things like: cereal, pancakes, waffles, ham, eggs, sausage, toast, coffee, tea, juice, or fruit.  There is a familiarity in the items and a sense that they might be consider “breakfast foods”.  A poet could approach this in a number of ways.
    A poet could write about the foods literally.  They could write about making breakfast, eating breakfast, or going out for breakfast.

    A poet could also look at the idea of categorization and apply it more broadly.  In the same way that certain foods are categorized as breakfast foods, a poet could look at other things that are categorized.  They could examine the categorizations and their implications.


  • Breakfast foods can come with familiar scents.  Pancakes have a certain scent.  Ham has a certain scent.  A poet could examine the idea of scents, the ideas they bring, and how people perceive them.

  • Breakfast foods are traditionally eaten in the morning.  Sometimes though, people eat them at other times.  People might have cereal for snack, or an omelet for dinner for example.  A poet could examine this idea as it relates to nonconformity.  They could look at why a person does not conform and how that is perceived by others.  A poet could apply the idea to breakfast foods or they could look at it more broadly and apply it to other situations.

Poetry topic idea: locks

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

  • Locks keeping something out. Locks are sometimes used to keep something out of somewhere.  Think of a lock on a house door or a lock on a chest.  The idea is to keep people out of these places.  This idea of keeping something out could be used in poetry.

  • Locks keeping something in. Locks are sometimes used to keep something in some place.  Think of locking an animal’s cage for example.  The idea is to keep something where it is.  This idea could be used in poetry.

  • The components and mechanisms of locks. Locks can be mechanical items.  They can have parts that move and can be made of metal.  These ideas could be used in poems.

  • Locks of hair. In addition to locks being items on doors and similar places, the word can also be used to refer to a piece of hair.  This meaning could be used in poetry.

  • Canal locks. Canals can have locks that are used to move ships from one place to another.  This meaning could be used in poetry.

Here is an example poem using locks:

after the insult
she wasn’t supposed to hear
they were locked out
of her friendship

Poetry topic idea: nostalgia

Today’s poetry topic idea is nostalgia.  A poet could use this idea in different ways.  A poet could:

  • Write about something nostalgic. It could be a food, a television show, a song, a tradition or something else.

  • Write about the moment something becomes nostalgic. Given certain qualities, there is a certain amount of time that must past before something becomes nostalgic.  This amount of time varies depending on circumstances.  Whatever it is for a particular thing, a poet could write about the moment something makes a transition and becomes nostalgic.

  • The change in view of something nostalgic. When things are looked back upon nostalgically, they can look better than they were at the time they happened.  A poet could write about this idea.  They might write about how something is viewed when it occurs and contrast that with how it is viewed years later.

  • Write about the qualities of something nostalgic. Rather than write about something that is nostalgic, a poet could explore the qualities that something nostalgic has.  A poet could apply these qualities to different ideas.

Here is an example poem using the idea nostalgia:

Watching the show,
from thirty years ago,
wait, wait, he’s going to say …

Poetry topic idea: drought

Today’s poetry topic idea is drought.  Drought can generally be used in two ways in poetry: literally and figuratively.

The literal use of drought would mean to describe a lengthy period of time without significant rainfall.  In writing about drought this way, a poet could touch on a number of ideas.  Some of them include:

  • dryness
  • water rationing
  • heat
  • the impact on agriculture
  • the impact on plants more generally
  • waiting for respite
  • wildfires
  • water levels in lakes and rivers

Drought metaphorically could be used to be describe a lengthy period of time without something other than rain.  There are a number of ideas this could be applied to.  Some include a drought in:

  • business
  • communication of some sort
  • dating
  • visitors
  • offers of some kind

Here is a poem using the idea of drought:

Lying on the concrete,
looking up,
as the sun beats down,
and waiting,
to hear the sound,
of the phone to ring.