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

blueberries

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,
“Yes,
(sobbing, and wiping with blue tissues),
how did you know?”

Experimental Poetry Form: mirror

Today’s experimental poetry form is called mirror.  The poem has two stanzas, one on the left and one on the right.  Each stanza has three lines.  Each line has five words.  Each line in the right stanza, has the same words as the corresponding line in the left stanza, except the words are in the reverse order.  If each word is represented by a letter, here is what the form looks like:

A B C D E                                                            E D C B A
F G H I J                                                               J I H G F
K L M N O                                                          O N M L K

The trick to the form, is finding lines that make sense both forwards and backwards, and also make sense in stanzas.  It can help that poetry doesn’t always have to follow grammar rules.

Here is an example poem using the form:

Wilbur left Susan crying softly,                             Softly crying Susan left Wilbur,
rain and darkness surrounding all,                     all surrounding darkness and rain,
emptiness and sorrow covering quietly.            quietly covering sorrow and emptiness.

Poem: So winter, here’s the thing

So winter,
here’s the thing,
it’s been great,
you know,
the snow,
the cold,
the occasional sleet.

Here’s the thing though,
it’s,
well,
over.

It’s been great,
really,
but,
well,
it’s just time to move on.

Now,
don’t feel bad.
It’s not you,
it’s just,
well,
time moved on,
and well,
um …
have you met spring here?

Listen tough,
really,
don’t feel bad.
You know,
in nine months,
things might feel different,
and well,
hey,
anything’s possible.

So,
yeah,
goodbye.