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?

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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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

Poetry topic idea: rings

Today’s poetry topic idea is rings.

There are different ways to use the word rings.

Rings could refer to jewelry.  An example would be wedding rings.

Rings could also refer to places of competition, like a boxing or a wrestling ring.

Rings can also be a verb regarding sound.  For example, in the sentence, “He rings a bell.”

Rings can also be a verb meaning to encircle.  For example, a person could draw rings around objects.

A poet could incorporate these different ideas into poetry.

Here is an example poem using rings:

the phone rings,
and with the bad news,
sadness rings the listener

Poetry topic idea: air

Today’s poetry topic idea is air.  Some things a poet could write about include:

  • The idea that air is unseen and around us. This idea could be used to represent different ideas in poetry.  For example, a poet might use the idea as a metaphor for the feelings a group of people have.
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  • The constituents of air. Air is made up of nitrogen, oxygen, and other things.  A poet could relate these components to different aspects of life.  For example, a poet could describe a group of people that could be fit into different groups using the constituents of air as a metaphor.
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  • Air pollution. A poet could write about air pollution directly, or they could use it as a metaphor for something that is a byproduct of something else, but that causes harm.
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  • The need for air. People need air to live.  A poet could write about this directly or they could use it symbolically for something a person needs or something that a person feels very bad not having.
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  • Flying through the air. A poet could write about the idea of what it would be like to fly.
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  • The idea that air is taken for granted. Air is one of those things that isn’t noticed unless something is wrong with it or it isn’t there.  This idea could be used symbolically for other things.

Poetry topic idea: butterflies

Today’s poetry topic idea is butterflies.  Butterflies can make an interesting poetry topic idea.  Butterflies come in many colors, their colors have many patterns, they have many different names, they go through a transformation, they are associated with flowers, some types trick creatures with their colors and patterns, some types use their colors and patterns for camouflage, they are considered a “nice” insect by some, people study them, some of them migrate, and they are prey for some creatures.  All of these things and others make butterflies interesting for poetry.

Here is a poem inspired by butterflies:

the flower stood,
upon the stem’s end,
then flew away,
leaving another flower,
behind

Poetry topic idea: arrows

Today’s poetry topic idea is arrows.  Arrows can be used in poetry in different ways.  A poet could write about:

  • Arrows as weapons. An arrow is part of the weapon “bow and arrow” and a poet could use arrows with this meaning in their poetry.  They could write about war, such as in medieval times, or they could write about hunting.  A poet could use the idea symbolically for many things.
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  • Arrows as directional indicators. Arrows can be used to indicate direction.  They can be seen on diagrams, instructions, signs, and roads.  The idea is that the arrow points to something or some place that a person should then engage with.  A poet could use this idea in poetry in different ways.

Here is an example poem using the idea of arrows:

                         The
                         place
                         sought for.
If only there were directions.
If only something could point the
way and show the path.  The place
sought for is hidden though.  No
way is marked out.  No arrow
                         points the
                         path
                         there.