Poetry topic idea: the color blue

Today’s poetry topic idea is the color blue.  A poet could write about a number of blue things.  Some include:

the sky

blue flowers

blue eyes

planets with blue

moons with blue

water reflecting the sky

blue birds

blue gems

blue insects

blue ice

blue colored food


blue paint

blue ink

blue clothing

blue fish

blue lights

blue stars


A poet could also write about blue as a reference to sadness (i.e. feeling blue) as well as blue in expressions (e.g. out of the blue).  There are other ideas as well.

Here is an example poem using blue:

Her roommate,
saw her sitting,
in blue light,
wrapped in a blue blanket,
wearing blue pajamas,
with blue fingernails,
eating blueberry ice cream,
with a single blue iris,
watching a blue screen,
while a movie with blue in the tile,
was loading.

To which she asked,
“Break up again?”

And heard the reply,
(sobbing, and wiping with blue tissues),
how did you know?”

Artwork to inspire poetry: abstract colored leaf

Abstract Colored Leaf

This artwork is of an abstract colored leaf.  Generally, the stem of the leaf is purple, the top of the leaf is blue, and the bottom of the leaf is orange.

The artwork was based off of a photograph of a leaf.  A general outline was drawn, the bottom was colored two shades of orange, the stem was colored purple, and the top was colored two shades of blue.  The drawing was scanned and then computer altered.

The idea was to create an artwork with some realism, but more color.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

blue leaves,
rise in the spring,
no one wonders

Experimental Poetry Form: Acrostic colors

This experimental poetry form is called acrostic colors.  It is simple in idea, and depending on the subject of the poem, could make a good presentation.

The poem has three lines, each separated by a line break.  The first line, is an acrostic of the word “blue”, the second is an acrostic of the word “orange”, and the third is an acrostic of the word “red”.  Additionally, the text of the blue line is colored blue, the text of the orange line is colored orange, and the text of the red line is colored red.

Here is an example poem to illustrate the idea:

Blowing lightly under eves,

outside rain almost nears glass enclosures,

remaining encased defends.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Blue


This artwork is called Blue.  It was made with ten blue markers of different tones.  Lines were drawn in a repeating pattern until the paper was full.  After that, it was covered with a sealer.  This artwork is actually going to be used as a bookmark by M. Sakran.

As far as inspiration for poetry, this artwork can inspire a poet to write about:

  • Water (and various related things) – for example, a poet could write about waves in the ocean
  • Climbing (the artwork has a vertical ladder look to it) – for example, a poet might write about someone climbing something high into the sky
  • A testing strip of some kind (the artwork somewhat looks like one) – for example, a poet could write about something being tested in a lab and the significance of that
  • Marking a place in a book (this artwork is also a bookmark) – for example, a poet could write about when a person stops reading in a book and what caused them to stop

Artwork to inspire poetry: A Feather


The artwork above is of a feather.  A number of poetry inspirations could come from it.  For example a poet could see the artwork, and be inspired write about birds or flying.  They might also be inspired to write about the sky or thoughts about the color blue.  A poet could see the artwork and think about poems involving wings or planes.  A poet might even be inspired to write about quills or feather dusters.  There are many poetry ideas that could from the idea of a feather and from this artwork.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Bouquet


On November 17, 2014, there was an Artwork to inspire poetry entitled Minimalistic Flower.  It consisted of a flower, drawn in a simple style.  This artwork is based off of that one, but moves in a different direction.  It is called Bouquet.

In some ways, this artwork is an example of minimalistic complexity.

It is minimalistic for a variety of reasons.  First, the gold and blue flowers are both simply drawn.  They are made using simple lines, with only two shades of green, one of blue and one of gold.  Second, although there are multiple flowers shown, there is only one gold flower design, and one blue flower design: there are different sizes of each though.  Third, there are only twelve gold flowers.  This number makes a traditional dozen.  The blue flowers fill in around the gold flowers.  Lastly, the artwork was very simply made by cutting and pasting the different sizes of flowers into one arrangement.

The artwork is complex, in that it appears to be quite busy.  There are numerous lines and overlapping colors.

The complexity that appears though, is somewhat of an illusion, since the artwork was made in a simple way because each component was made by itself.  Had the artwork been made as a whole, in other words, as one drawing, it would have been complex to make.

This artwork can inspire poetry through the idea of minimalistic complexity.  A poet, for example, could see this artwork (and read the description) and have the inspiration to write a poem that consisted of multiple simple parts.  For example, a poet could write a poem that consisted of ten couplets mixed with nine tercets.  They could either alternate, follow some other pattern, or for more complexity, be arranged randomly.  Each couplet and each tercet could be simple and in some way minimal, but combining them all together, might make for a poem that appears more complex.