Poetry topic idea: isolation

Today’s poetry topic idea is isolation.  In the current situation, isolation is something many people are experiencing.  Because of this, it might be helpful to write poetry about it.  A poet could write about:

  • What it’s like to be isolated. What it’s like not to see other people.
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  • Not being able to go out. This could be related to human interactions or not being able to go places or get things.
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  • Boredom.
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  • What it like to avoid people, for example when someone delivers something.
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  • Worrying about running out of things because they can’t be purchased or ordered.
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  • What will happen when isolation is over. A poet could write about the first things they want to do.
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  • The purpose of isolation.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea of isolation:

it’s almost like
a movie with magic
where the heroes find
that they can defeat the monster
only by being apart

Poetry topic idea: goldfish

Today’s poetry topic idea is goldfish.  A poet could write about a number of things related to goldfish.  A poet could write about:

  • The contrast between goldfish and tropical fish. A poet could contrast the conditions under which they are kept, their size, their colors, and the perception people have of them.
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  • The idea that goldfish are ornamental fish. Goldfish are not kept for food and they aren’t kept for another purpose other than looking nice for people.  This idea of being “ornamental” could be examined.
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  • Different types of goldfish. Some types are comet, fantail, and the common goldfish.  A poet could learn about each type and their differences and use the ideas in poems.
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  • The idea of being common. Some people may view goldfish as common, as compared to more exotic tropical fish.  A poet could examine the idea of commonness and what it means.
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  • The existence of a goldfish in a tank. A poet could examine the existence of a goldfish in a tank – a defined space.  They could view it as confining, or they could examine it from the perspective of the size of the space relative to the fish.  They could look at the goldfish’s surroundings, what it eats, and what it experiences.
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  • The perception of humans as seen by goldfish. A poet could examine how a goldfish might perceive a person.

Here is an example poem using the idea of goldfish:

sitting in his house
looking out the window
the delivery man
brings the food

Poetry topic idea: physics

Today’s poetry topic idea is physics.  In writing about physics a poet could write about a number of things.  A poet could write about:

  • Forces such as gravity and magnetism. A poet could explore them, ideas about how they work, and the idea that they are unseen.
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  • Fundamental particles. A poet could look at protons, neutrons, and electrons, as well as smaller particles.
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  • Physics equations. An example might be something like force = mass * acceleration2.  A poet could examine the equation and apply it to other things.
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  • Big physics ideas. This could be things like the expanding universe or time travel.

Here is an example poem using the idea of physics:

It is said
that two objects
cannot occupy
the same place
at the same time.

If the time is the same,
the place must be different.

If the place is the same,
the time must be different.

Yet,
what of nonphysical things?

Could a person,
have two thoughts,
at the same time?

Two emotions?

Two fears?

Two hopes?

Can these things
be in the same place
at the same time?

There once was a man
who stood by a grave
as a small child
laid flowers
and said,
“Now go to sleep.”

Sadness
grief
sympathy
empathy
love
compassion
hope

All in the same place
at the same time.

Although
a learned person
would say
that this would not
go against the rule,
that all the different things
are really one thing
at one time
or different things
at different times
and that in some sense
the places vary
too.

And yet,
to the man,
by the grave,
this is all in the same place
at the same time.

Poetry topic idea: simplicity

Today’s poetry topic idea is simplicity. A poet could use simplicity in a poem in a variety of ways.

First, a poet could write a poem with simplicity.  This might take the route of a poem with very few words that expresses an idea in a clear way, or, it could take the route of a poem that looks simple, but in reality required a great deal of work.

Second, a poet could write about things that are done or approached with simplicity.  An example of this might be cooking.  A poet could look at cooking where simplicity was the focus.  Another example might be art.

Third, a poet could look at simplicity in terms of an overall approach to life.  They could look at things like downsizing and reducing commitments and responsibilities to have a more simple life.

Fourth, a poet could examine something with simplicity.  They could look at something complex and try to see and describe it in a simple way.

Fifth, a poet could look at things that are simple.  This might be something like a basic math problem (e.g. 2 + 3 = 5) or something like a square.  They could look at the simple thing and either see it from a place of appreciation or see it from a place of hidden complexity.

Here is an example poem using the idea of simplicity:

circles are simple in a way

a circle can be drawn
with a pin
a string
and a crayon

it’s simple

it’s just a basic movement

but there’s more there

there’s those equations you learned as a kid

the radius, times some number called pi, equals the circumference

that pi number, times the radius squared, gives the area

this is really complex in a way

this always works
for every circle

think about that

if something meets the definition of a circle
(whatever that may be)
then these equations
always work

always

think about that

wouldn’t you think
that at least once
in one case
they wouldn’t work?

wouldn’t you think
that by varying the length of the string
that somehow
you could find a time
when they wouldn’t work?

but no
they always work

always

simple?

complex?

both?

it’s kind of a circular thought
if you think about it

Poetry topic idea: sugar

Today’s poetry topic idea is sugar.  A poet could write about sugar in a number of ways.  A poet could write about:

  • Blood sugar. A poet could write about low blood sugar, high blood sugar, diabetes, and other conditions.  They could write about what different conditions are like and what it is like to have them.
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  • Sweetness. A poet could write about things being sweet.  They could look at sweetness from a taste perspective and as a description for how a person acts (e.g. a person did something sweet).
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  • The idea of an unwritten sound in a word. In the word sugar, there is an “h” sound that is not written.  The word is pronounced “shugar”.  A poet could explore this idea, look at other words with similar sounds, and use it as a metaphor for other things.
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  • Foods and drinks that taste sweet.
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  • Sugar itself. A poet could explore different forms of sugar and sugar as a chemical compound.

Here is an example poem:

little white crystals
of deception
they entice the eyes
with their sparkle and form
but they lead astray
down a path of pain
if the mouth does take
all that the eyes desire

Poetry topic idea: thirst

Today’s poetry topic idea is thirst.  A poet could write about:

  • Being thirsty
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  • Dehydration
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  • An inadequate supply of clean water
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  • The idea of being thirsty, with, for varying reasons, undrinkable liquid available
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  • Quenching thirst
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  • Drinking liquids
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  • Thirst in survival situations
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  • Thirst as a metaphor

 

Here is an example poem that uses the idea of thirst:

an empty glass
a pitcher nearby
a child wanting attention

Poetry topic idea: walking

Today’s poetry topic idea is walking.  A poet could write about:

  • Walking to get from one place to another.
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  • Not being able to walk.
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  • Pain while walking.
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  • Walking for exercise.
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  • Learning to walk.
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  • Walking during work.
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  • Walking dogs.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea walking:

walking in a circle
around the backyard
measuring a lap
seventy steps
so
at seven thousand
three hundred
there are twenty seven hundred
left to go
to reach ten thousand
each lap
at seventy steps
with twenty seven hundred to go
that means
doing the math
still doing the math
a little more
than thirty eight laps
all right
that’s far
just keep walking
just keep walking
thirty seven left
just keep walking
just keep walking

Poetry topic idea: buying a used car

Today’s poetry topic idea is buying a used car.  A poet could write about:

  • The overall car buying experience.
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  • Researching cars.
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  • Car salespeople.
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  • Lemon cars.
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  • The difficulty in comparing used cars.
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  • The time it takes to buy a used car.
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  • The perception of used cars.
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  • The perception of different kinds of cars.
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  • What goes into the car buying decision.

Here is an example poem using the idea of buying a used car:

Apples and oranges
apples and oranges

Year
Make
Model
Miles
Type
Condition

Apples and oranges
apples and oranges

One is better
one is worse
one is different

How to compare?

Apples and oranges
apples and oranges

Poetry topic idea: paper

Today’s poetry topic idea is paper.  When writing about paper, a poet could write about things like: letters, origami, writing, drawing, paper airplanes, notes, lists, tearing paper, forms, books, wallpaper, toilet paper, and newspapers.

Here is an example poem using the idea of paper:

an old western
where a man scribbled a will
leaving his saddle and gear
to the man who found him
before he died
because there was
no one else

Post Series: Advent: Poetry topic idea: Advent

Today’s poetry topic idea is Advent.  This matches the theme of this post series.  A poet could write about a number of things related to Advent.  They could write about:

  • An observance of the time.
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  • Anticipation of Christmas.
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  • Special days during Advent.
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  • Religious observance during Advent.
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  • Preparations for Christmas during Advent.

Here is an example poem using the idea of Advent:

forty days each year
it’s an opportunity
don’t let it pass by