Poem: an empty plate

an empty plate
at the table



someone left?

someone has not arrived?

someone isn’t eating?

the food has not been served?

the food has been eaten?

it’s a decoration?

it’s there in case someone arrives?

some other reason?

Poetry topic idea: empty

Today’s poetry idea is empty.  Empty can have different uses for poetry.  There is a literal use of the word and a non-literal use.  Some things poets can write about are:

  • A person feeling empty
  • A person wanting to find something, but finding the container of it is empty
  • The act of emptying something
  • Using the sound of the word empty, and focusing on the letters MT, which sound like the sound, in a poem
  • A person wanting something to be empty

Post Series: The Poems with Explanations Series: Empty


being pulled down,
a feeling in a tube,
a feeling in a bag,
a nondescript emptiness,
a sound,
soldiers marching,
empty bags,
metal scaffolding,
and an empty room.


This poem is about hunger.  It tries to describe it through abstract imagery.  Here are what the lines mean:

Metallic – this describes a metallic taste in the mouth that a hungry person can feel

being pulled down – this is about the hungry person swallowing their saliva

a feeling in a tube – the hungry person feels an emptiness in their throat

a feeling in a bag – and they feel an emptiness in their stomach

a nondescript emptiness – inside of themselves the hungry person feels empty, but it’s hard to get a hold of and describe

a sound – their stomach rumbles

soldiers marching – the hungry person feels a strange ache in their shoulders and arms

empty bags – with the ache, they feel empty

metal scaffolding – for some reason, they have a feeling that they can feel the teeth in their mouth

and an empty room – the hungry person feels empty inside

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Flows and Stops: Beside his car

He stood beside his car and took a step,


He carried in his hand,

           something small that felt so weightless,

                      and he felt empty inside just like his,

gas can.


(2/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Flows and Stops

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