Poetry topic idea: temperature

Today’s poetry topic idea is temperature.  There are a lot of ways a poet can use ideas from temperature in poetry.

  • What the temperature is in a certain place depends on a number of factors at the time the temperature is taken. For example, a temperature measured in the sun, will be different than a temperature measured at the same time in the shade.  Similarly, a temperature measured above concrete, will be different than one measured above grass.
     
    This notion, that something that seems to have one fundamental answer (What the temperature is), doesn’t have just one answer, can be applied to situations in life.

    For example, is a person a good or bad?  The answer to this question might depend on a number things.  It might depend on the moment the person is evaluated, and who is evaluating them.  A person might seem good at one moment and to one person, and bad at another moment to another person.

    A poet could apply this idea in poetry.  They could write about something that seems fundamental, and show how it really depends on a number of things.

  • There are different temperature measurement scales. There is Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.  Each scale has a use.
     
    This idea of different measurement scales can be applied to situations.  For example, if something is 15 away, is that close or far?  It depends on 15 what.  15 inches would be close.  15 miles would be far.  The number doesn’t make sense without the scale it is on.

    A poet could take this idea and use it in poetry.  They could show a number of something, for example a grade someone got on a test, and show how the number only has meaning when the scale is known.

  • Temperature can be relative. Is 200 degrees Fahrenheit hot?  For an outside temperature it would be very hot.  As a cooking temperature, it would be relatively cool.
     
    This idea of relativity can be applied to other things.  Is $50,000 a lot of money?  The answer depends on what it is for, what a dollar buys, and what other people have.

    A poet could take this idea and apply it to poetry.  They could write about something, for example the size of an insect, and show that its size depends on what it is compared to.  The insect would be big compared to somethings, and small compared to others.

  • A number of things can have their temperature taken. For example a person can have their temperature taken.  As another example, a person might measure the temperature of something they are cooking.  This idea of different things being measured can be applied to other things.  An example might be all the numbers that are measured for an athlete.  These would include things like different speed and strength measurements.
     
    A poet could apply this notion to poetry by using different measurements of something in a poem.  For example, a poet might write about someone’s medical condition by showing different medical measurement numbers the person has.

Here is an example poem using the idea of temperature:

Cold

“Actually,
considering the choice,
staying home,
and doing nothing,
sounds better,
than going on a date,
with you.”

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A photograph to inspire poetry: a small lemon that dropped from a tree

a small lemon that dropped from a tree

Above is a photograph of a small lemon that dropped from a tree.  The lemon is about the size of a penny.  It was months away from being full size when it fell.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  The general idea of something ending before it reaches its potential, could be applied to many different situations.

Here is an example poem that uses the idea:

they had three dates,
that went very well,
but she got the job offer,
and moved away

Poetry topic idea: gossip

Today’s poetry topic idea is gossip.  There are different ways a poet could use gossip in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • People gossiping about the poet. They could write about what they could say, how they would say it, and what the poet would feel.
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  • People gossiping about some third person. A poet could write about people gossiping about someone other than the poet.  Again, they could write what they could say, how they would say it, and what the person they are talking about would feel.
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  • The effects of gossip.
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  • Celebrity gossip. A poet could write about this from different perspectives.  They could write about celebrities, the gossipers, and the people consuming the gossip.
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  • The truth or falseness of gossip.
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  • Themselves gossiping. A poet could write a poem where they gossip.  Rather than doing harmful gossip though, the poet could focus on the effects of their gossip.  They could view it remorsefully.
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  • Nonhuman objects or beings gossiping. A poet could write a poem where animals gossip.  They could write a poem where objects gossips (e.g. the romance book on a shelf gossiping about a science fiction book on another shelf).

Here is an example poem using the idea of gossip:

Did you hear about Ham?

 What?

He dumped Cheddar for Swiss.

 No way!

That’s not all,
last week,
he was seen with Colby.

 Wait,
 wasn’t Colby,
 with Turkey?

Poem: he wondered why

He did see her,
when he came by,
and thought that she,
did see him too.

One day he asked,
if she might like,
to spend a day,
about with him.

She thought and said,
that that was fine,
and she would like,
such an idea.

But when he left,
her friends did say,
“No, not with him,
he is a dud.”

She thought and felt,
that what they thought,
did mean so much,
to who she was.

She said to them,
she did not think,
and she would not,
go out with him.

The next day came,
and he came by,
and she went off,
and hid away.

Two days did pass,
and he did show,
to ask about,
the day agreed.

But like before,
she hid away,
and he stood there,
right there alone.

But with much hope,
he did come by,
upon the day,
that was agreed.

He stood with hope,
and flowers too,
and waited there,
for her to be.

But she was off,
with all of them,
who said that he,
was such a dud.

And they did laugh,
aloud with glee,
but in her heart,
she knew his pain.

And there he stood,
as time did pass,
until the truth,
did fill his mind.

He knew inside,
like times before,
that what he saw,
was a mirage.

He walked away,
and wondered why,
she did not pause,
before her words.

He walked away,
and wondered why,
she did not speak,
the truth to him.

It seemed to him,
it would have been,
a better scene,
had she said no.

It seemed to him,
it would have been,
a better scene,
had she spoke truth.

He walked away,
and wondered why,
he spoke those words,
those days ago.

Artwork to inspire poetry: love bugs

Love bugs

This artwork is of love bugs.  These bugs might also be called by other names.  At times, the bugs fly about attached to each other, hence their name.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Love, relationships and assorted ideas.
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  • The idea of attachment.
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  • Pairs.
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  • Jealousy.
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  • Letting go.

Here is a poem inspired by this artwork:

Holding hands,
in the park,
their first date

P. S. On MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction. The photograph is of a water lily, the artwork is of mandarin orange wedge, the poetry is about sunset on a lake, and the fiction is a short story about two women going to swim at a lake.  All of the items can inspire poetry.  Take a look at them, and let M. Sakran know what you think by using the form on the Contact page.

Post Series: Poems with Explanations: Falling

To the edge,
to the edge,
back away,
back away.

In a moment,
with a force,
ropes are cut,
and wind flows.

The steps are heard,
the gazelle runs,
and with a bound,

                                                  there’s the sea.

Falling down,
first a rush,
then the thought,
then the hush,
the rocks below,
the sea does flow,
the wind does blow,
and eyes do close.

A time so long,
a time so short,
the fog comes in,
and thoughts flow out.

In the distance,
 a light does shine,

 a flash of hope,
  or a storm to come?

The eyes open,
the sea is far,
a glance is made,
but what is sought?

A bird coasts down,
escaping foggy gales,
hovering,
it just keeps low,
making no outcry,
pausing quietly,
remaining still,
truthfully understanding.

The bird does wait for eyes,
to say the word it seeks,
and then it will so sound,
the song it knows to play.

The word is said,
timid eyes see.

 

This poem is about a man asking a woman out on a date via a text message.  The man and woman have known each other for some period of time (months) and the man is finally ready to ask her out.  The symbolism in the poem is of a man jumping off a cliff to dive into the sea.  That is him, “taking the plunge”, so to speak, and asking the woman out.

In the first stanza, the man is holding his phone.  He wants to send the text message but is afraid.  He almost types it, but then stops.  He repeats this twice.  This is symbolized in the poem by the man walking to the edge of a cliff that is above the sea.  His intention is to dive into the water, but he has trepidation.  He walks to the edge, but then moves back.

In the second stanza, the man makes the decision to type the message.  Symbolically, it is like the man was away from the cliff’s edge, tangled in ropes.  He decides, in a moment of decision to cut the ropes and run toward the cliff’s edge.  His hope is that he will be moving so fast and with such determination that he will not have time to think about it and be afraid.

In the third stanza, the man runs and pushes off and jumps from the cliff.  In the fourth stanza (considering each section after a line break to be a stanza) the man is over the cliff.  He looks down and sees the sea.  This symbolizes the man sending the text message.

In the fifth stanza, the man is experiencing a sense of many emotions after the text message has been sent.  This is symbolized by the man falling from the cliff.

At first, the man feels a sense of excitement after he sends the message (first a rush).  In the poem, this is the rush of first falling from the cliff.

Then he worries that the woman will say no to his request (then the thought).  In the poem, this is a moment of rethinking the decision to jump from the cliff, after the jump has happened.

The man becomes speechless (then the hush).  This same silence is symbolized as the man is falling.

The man contemplates the woman saying no (the rocks below) and the woman saying yes (the sea does flow).

He realizes that things are out of his control (the wind does blow – In other words the wind will blow the man and that will determine if he will land on the rocks or the water.  This symbolizes the idea that the woman will respond however she wants.)  He finally decides to just not think and just to go with what happens (and eyes do close).

In the sixth stanza, the man is waiting for a response.  He feels the time is long (A time so long), but also realizes that it is actually going to be relatively short (a time so short).  Symbolically, this idea is reflected in how time feels as the man falls from the cliff.

Also in the sixth stanza, the man feels a range of thoughts as he waits.  This is symbolized by fog coming in as the man falls.

In the seventh stanza, the man sees a response on his phone.  He does not know what it says, but he knows it is there.  This is symbolized in the poem as the man seeing a light in the distance as he falls.

In the eighth stanza, the man wonders if the reply is good (a flash of hope) or bad (a storm to come).  This is symbolized as the man wondering if the light he sees while falling is something good or lightening from a storm.

In the ninth stanza, the man opens the message, but looks away.  He is scared about what it might say.  He is in some way expecting that it will be negative.  He is bracing himself.  Symbolically, this is the man glancing toward the light that is far off.  The idea that he hopes for a positive response, but expects a negative one, is shown by the question, but what it sought?.

In the tenth stanza, the man is still contemplating the message.  It is there, on his phone, in front of him, but he has not read it.  The message, in the poem, is symbolically carried by a bird.  The scene is that the man is somehow floating in midair beside the cliff and the bird flies up to him carrying the message.

In the eleventh stanza, the message is sitting on the phone, unread.  The man is still finding the courage to read it.  In the poem, symbolically, the bird is waiting to sing a song that is the message.

In the last stanza, the man reads the message and finds out if the woman will go out on a date with him.  Whether she says yes or no, isn’t said in the poem.  In the poem, symbolically, the man indicates to the bird that he wants to know the message.

One interesting point about the poem, is that although the man dived off the cliff, he never actually makes it to the water.  By the end of the poem he is suspended in the air.  Once the man finds out the result of the message, he will finish going down by the cliff.

This poem has quite a few form elements.  Including form elements was one of the considerations in writing the poem.

In the first stanza, there are repeats.  Lines one and two are repeats and lines three and four are repeats.

In the second stanza, each of the lines has three words.

The fourth stanza is indented fifty spaces.

In the fifth stanza, lines two and four rhyme.  Lines five, six, and seven also rhyme.

In the sixth stanza, lines one and two end in antonyms (long/short) as do lines three and four (in/out).  Also, lines one and two both start with a time so.

In the seventh and eighth stanzas, indentions are used.

In the ninth stanza, each line has four syllables.

The tenth stanza has words that start with progressive letters of the alphabet (For example, A bird coasts down, is a b c d).  It goes through the letters a – u.

The eleventh stanza is written in iambic trimeter.

All of the stanzas are separated by line breaks.

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