Bilingual Poem: toilet repair

when repairing a toilet,
you must ignore the icky,
or the whole experience,
will go down the drain

 

cuándo reparando un excusado,
usted debe hacer caso omiso repugnante,
o la entera experiencia,
irá abajo el desaguardero

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Poetry topic idea: commemoration

Today’s poetry topic idea is commemoration.  Many things can be commemorated in a person’s life.  They might be personal (e.g. a person commemorates the day they started a business) or impersonal (i.e. a commemoration of an external event like the anniversary of a historical event).

A poet could write a poem where they commemorate something.  They could also shift the perspective some and write about the commemoration itself.  As mentioned above, they could write about personal or impersonal events.

Although commemorating might generally be seen as positive, a poet could shift the perspective and write about a commemoration from a negative point of view.  They might write about the commemoration of a somber event.  They might also write about a person or group who was negatively impacted by an event that is being commemorated (e.g. a town with a sports team might commemorate a championship, while they town with the team that got defeated for the championship might not celebrate).  They might also write about someone with a negative emotion at an otherwise positive commemoration (i.e. an unhappy person at the party).

Here is an example poem that uses the idea of commemoration:

“This town was started,”
so the speech went,
“when all those years ago,
those determined pioneers,
who decided nothing would stop them,
no matter the cost,
decided this place,
would be a good spot,
to settle,
after two wagons broke down,
and no one had,
replacement wheels.”

Bilingual Poem: the sign

O’ the post it did have a large sign,
by the road on the side of the line,
o’ the sign it did say,
you who drive look away,
don’t read signs when you drive it’s not fine.

 

O’ el poste lo hizo haber una señal grande,
cerca la calle en el lado de la línea,
o’ la señal lo hizo decir,
ustedes que conducen miran lejos,
no leen señales cuando ustedes conducen lo no es buen.

Poetry topic idea: hunger

Today’s poetry topic idea is hunger.  Here are some ways to use it in poetry:

  • A poet could write about a momentary hunger for food. Think of an experience where a person misses a meal.  Think of the sensation of hunger they might feel.  This could be used in poetry.
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  • As an alternative, a poet could write about a sustained hunger for food. Think of a person living in poverty, who might only get one meal a day, or every other day.
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  • In another idea, a person could write about someone who is hungry in association with a purpose. For example, think of someone on a hunger strike.
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  • A person might also write about hunger associated with an eating disorder.
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  • Hunger could also be used metaphorically in poetry. A person could hunger for many things other than food.  A poet could write about those.

 

Here is a humorous example poem using hunger:

M. Sakran is hungry,
  (oh … remember the Scotch egg from yesterday)
but will not have breakfast,
until this post is done.

Oh why isn’t the post done yet?!