Today’s poetry topic idea is Advent. This matches the theme of this post series. A poet could write about a number of things related to Advent. They could write about:
- An observance of the time.
- Anticipation of Christmas.
- Special days during Advent.
- Religious observance during Advent.
- Preparations for Christmas during Advent.
Here is an example poem using the idea of Advent:
forty days each year
it’s an opportunity
don’t let it pass by
wrapping the presents
only eight more days to go
Christmas day is near!
envolviendo los regalos,
sólo ocho más días ir
¡el día de Navidad es cerca!
the fever waxes
trees grow legs and pull roses
reading a story
how many pages are left?
the tree loses leaves
Above is a photograph of a budding grape leaf. It can inspire poetry. Here is a poem inspired by it:
it’s opening day
will anyone stop over?
there are good dolmas …
tired and sweating
an hour on the treadmill
trying to fix it
yelling at the test machine
higher blood pressure
gritando a la máquina de prueba
más alta tensión
Today’s poetry topic idea is aluminum cans. There are a number of ways a poet can use aluminum cans in poetry. Some ideas include writing about:
- The different beverages that can be in aluminum cans.
- The idea that the fluid in aluminum cans, once opened, is only good for a short amount of time.
- Fragility mixed with strength. Aluminum cans are fragile, in the sense that they can be easily crushed. They are strong though because they can bear a relatively large amount of weight.
Here is an example poem using the idea of fragility mixed with strength from aluminum cans:
collapsing on the sofa
a long week at work
sparrows fly each day
ten hours across the field
turtles look and walk
This poem is about ease and difficulty.
For some people, certain things are very easy. They do them effortlessly. For other people, those same certain things are hard. With great difficulty they accomplish their goal.
In this poem, the sparrows do something easily. The sparrows fly. This is nothing to them and they do it each day.
The turtles though find traveling hard. It takes them ten hours to cross a field. This is contrasted with the speed and ease of the sparrows’ travel. The turtles notice this and continue. They accept their situation although it weighs upon them.
The idea of the poem is to show a human feeling with animals. This situation can often come up in life. A person can struggle to do something, and then see someone else do it effortlessly. Seeing this, the person feels worse about their situation. They feel their lack of ability is amplified.
This poem is a 5-7-5 haiku. The second two lines go together.
a crate of canned vegetables
no can opener