Poem: amazing

Think about this:

If a person curls
25 lbs.
with each arm
and they did 10 repetitions
for 3 sets
that’s 25 lbs. times 10 repetitions times 3 sets
that’s 750 lbs.

Think about that.

750 lbs.

That’s a lot.

Think about what 750 lbs. of something would look like.

Think about moving it.

In a sense,
they did the equivalent.

That sounds amazing,
doesn’t it.

Poem with an explanation: another week begins

There was something you required,
and that,
that was given.

But you,
you did not keep,
your side of the bargain.

And now,
now you ask for more?

And now,
now you make the same claim?

Somehow,
it doesn’t seem right.

Somehow,
throwing good,
after bad,
just doesn’t seem wise.

But there’s,
there’s the writing.

But there’s,
there’s the voices.

But there’s,
there’s the logic.

Another week begins,
and something is required …

the first step is taken.

 

This poem is about a person who is unsuccessfully trying to lose weight.  In the poem, they are arguing with the weight loss method they chose.

The person has tried a method to lose weight, in this case exercise, but when they weighed themselves, they didn’t lose weight.  Now they question the method, and the overall effort in general.

In the first stanza, the person says that they put in the effort.

In the second stanza, the person criticizes the weight loss method.  In their view, they did something, and so they expected something in return.  Since this did not happen, they feel cheated.

In the third stanza, the person is going to start a new week.  They are contemplating whether they should continue with their efforts.  They wonder this considering that their previous efforts did not work.

In the fourth stanza, the person questions their method.  They wonder how what did not work before is expected to work this time.

In the fifth stanza, the person doesn’t believe trying what they did before will work.

In the sixth stanza, they reiterate this idea.

In the seventh, eighth, and ninth stanzas, they think of evidence supporting them exercising.  They think of things they’ve read, what people have told them, and the logic of exercise.

In the tenth stanza, the week begins, and the person hesitates before exercising.

In the eleventh stanza, the person doesn’t see an alternative, and they exercise again.

The idea of this poem is to look at the path that trying to lose weight can take.  A person can try something, and have it not work, and wonder whether they should keep at it.

Poetry topic idea: walking

Today’s poetry topic idea is walking.  A poet could write about:

  • Walking to get from one place to another.
  •  

  • Not being able to walk.
  •  

  • Pain while walking.
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  • Walking for exercise.
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  • Learning to walk.
  •  

  • Walking during work.
  •  

  • Walking dogs.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea walking:

walking in a circle
around the backyard
measuring a lap
seventy steps
so
at seven thousand
three hundred
there are twenty seven hundred
left to go
to reach ten thousand
each lap
at seventy steps
with twenty seven hundred to go
that means
doing the math
still doing the math
a little more
than thirty eight laps
all right
that’s far
just keep walking
just keep walking
thirty seven left
just keep walking
just keep walking

Poem with an explanation: steps

walking in circles
around the driveway
neighbors watch
and don’t understand

counting the circles
doing the math
letting the mind wander
as the steps continue

at times
it feels pointless
many journeys
to a beginning

at times
when there is less
and then less
and then less
and then less
there’s a point

 

This poem is about a person walking to lose weight.  The person has a pedometer and is counting their steps each day to reach a daily goal so they can lose weight.

In the first stanza, the person walks repeatedly around their driveway in a loop.  This seems odd to their neighbors.

In the second stanza, the person tries to take their mind off what they are doing, to help it go faster, all the while realizing that as they are trying not to think about it, they are continuing to walk.

In the third stanza, the person does feel strange doing all this walking without some sort of tangible result.  They are not walking for work for example or to reach a location.

In the fourth stanza, as the person continues to lose weight they understand the point of what they are doing.

Poem with an explanation: disillusionment

The commercial said
use the machine
 just a few minutes
 just a few days
 just a few weeks
and everything
yes everything
would change.

Well,
six months later
and who knows how many hours
and unfortunately,
the after photo
looks like the before.

 

In this poem a person is disillusioned with a piece of exercise equipment.

In the first stanza, they mention the claim of the commercial for the equipment.  They talk about how the commercial claimed that a small amount of effort (the repeat of the word just) could lead to a large change in their life (the emphasis on everything).

In the second stanza, after a large amount of effort (months and hours instead of minutes and days), the person has seen little change (their after photo looks like their before photo, unlike in the commercial where the after photo looked dramatically different from the before photo).  This is what causes their disillusionment.

Experimental Poetry Form: inside the box

Today’s experimental poetry form is called inside the box.  The form is based off of layout on the page.

It consists of two main elements: a box and a line within the box.  A poet can decide how the two elements relate to each other.

The box can be any size and should be a rectangle.  The line must only be one line and must fit within the box.  The top line of the box should be read first, the left line second, the right line third, the bottom line fourth, and the inner line fifth.  The lines on the left and right are read from top to bottom.  The other lines are read from left to right

Here is what the form looks like:

********************
*                                        *
*                                        *
*                                        *
*  ****************  *
*                                        *
*                                        *
*                                        *
*                                        *
********************

Here is an example poem to illustrate the form:

There were five days of exercising.
W                                                    A
e                                                     n
i
g                                                     e
h                                                     l
t                                                      l
s                                                     p
–                                                     t
w    Six pounds were gained.     i
e                                                    c
r                                                     a
e                                                    l

l                                                    w
i                                                    a
f                                                    s
t
e                                                  u
d                                                  s
.                                                   e
–                                                  d
–                                                   .
Healthier food was eaten as well.

Poetry topic idea: fitness

Today’s poetry topic idea is fitness.  A poet could write about a number of subjects related to fitness.  Some of them include: fitness itself, exercise, weight lifting, cardiovascular health, weight loss, muscle, physical ability, appearance, body image, general health, wellness, running, swimming, cycling, walking, weight, measurements, and goals.

Here is an example poem using fitness:

three thousand five hundred fifty steps
five days
seventeen thousand seven hundred fifty steps

sixty pounds
three sets
ten reps
three exercises
three days
sixteen thousand two hundred pounds

ten laps
twenty five meters
three days
seven hundred and fifty meters

thirty four thousand seven hundred

one body