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

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Poetry topic idea: home

Today’s poetry topic idea is home.  Home can inspire poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Home vs. house. A poet could write about the distinction between a place that has meaning (home) and a place that is simply a dwelling (a house).  They could write about what this means and how it develops.
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  • Home buying and selling. A poet could write about the process and what the experience is like.
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  • Home repair. A poet could write about repairs in a home.
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  • Home decorating.
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  • Home insurance.
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  • Home in general.
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  • Returning home.
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  • Home as a place of respite.

 

Here is an example poem:

13 hours

car
driving in circles
parking place
small bus
airport
walking
walking
walking
airplane
sitting
tiny seat
sitting
where are the headphones?
airport
walking
walking
tram thing
walking
walking
a burger costs how much?
airplane
why wasn’t this a direct flight?
sitting
tiny seat
flat soft drink
airport
walking
walking
people mover thing
walking
no the other way
walking
walking
people mover thing
walking
where are the bags?
standing
standing
they’re black with blue tags
(they’re all black with blue tags)
standing
standing
getting bags
walking
walking
car
waiting
it’s blue and yellow
no that red
it’s blue and yellow
small bus
walking
car

home?

home?

it’s really you?

Poetry topic idea: makeup

Today’s poetry topic idea is makeup.  Makeup can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Appearance. Makeup is meant to change, and generally improve, a person’s appearance.  A poet could write about appearance and how makeup alters it.  They could focus on before and after, societal ideas of appearance, self-worth, inner appearance vs. outer appearance, and other things.
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  • Masks. A poet could relate makeup to the idea of masks.  They could write about things like a person changing how they act to reflect their appearance.
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  • Movies. Makeup is used in movies.  A poet could write about characters, roles, and how an actor can appear different with the use of makeup.
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  • Hiding. Makeup can be used to hide things such as aging, blemishes, tiredness, and so forth.  A poet could write about this and expand on the idea of hiding.
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  • Beauty. Makeup can be related to beauty.  A poet could write about beauty and approach it from different perspectives.

Here is a poem inspired by makeup:

Before,
there were black and white movies,
and none thought
that something was lacking.

But then,
color came
and movies were glowing
and bright,
and all of a sudden
black and white movies,
didn’t seem the same.

Once something has been added,
the previous situation,
which seemed sufficient,
becomes lacking.

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?

Poetry topic idea: books

Today’s poetry topic idea is books.  There are a number of things a poet could write about that reference books.  Some ideas include:

  • Libraries.
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  • Librarians.
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  • Novels.
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  • Diaries.
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  • Dusty tomes.
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  • Imagination.
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  • Learning.
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  • Studying.
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  • School.
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  • Encyclopedias.
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  • Writing.
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  • Publishing.
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  • Bookstores.
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  • Books of poetry (Like M. Sakran’s book First Try)
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  • eBooks (Like M. Sakran’s eBook Understanding: poems with explanations)
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  • Authors.
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  • Paper.
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  • Fonts.
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  • Printing.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea books:

Finding the diary,
in the attic,
he learned what really happened,
all those years ago.

Poetry topic idea: the color blue

Today’s poetry topic idea is the color blue.  A poet could write about a number of blue things.  Some include:

the sky

blue flowers

blue eyes

planets with blue

moons with blue

water reflecting the sky

blue birds

blue gems

blue insects

blue ice

blue colored food

blueberries

blue paint

blue ink

blue clothing

blue fish

blue lights

blue stars

 

A poet could also write about blue as a reference to sadness (i.e. feeling blue) as well as blue in expressions (e.g. out of the blue).  There are other ideas as well.

Here is an example poem using blue:

Her roommate,
saw her sitting,
in blue light,
wrapped in a blue blanket,
wearing blue pajamas,
with blue fingernails,
eating blueberry ice cream,
with a single blue iris,
watching a blue screen,
while a movie with blue in the tile,
was loading.

To which she asked,
“Break up again?”

And heard the reply,
“Yes,
(sobbing, and wiping with blue tissues),
how did you know?”

Poetry topic idea: crying

Today’s poetry topic idea is crying.  The idea of crying can be worked into poetry in many different ways.  A poet could write about:

  • Crying from sadness. This is the most obvious idea.  A poet could examine any number of sad situations and the crying that happens with them.
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  • Crying from happiness. This is somewhat of the opposite of the idea above.  A poet could examine the idea of overwhelming emotion.
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  • Crying from pain. The idea here would be to examine crying that has a physical cause as opposed to an emotional one.
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  • Crying from laughter. Sometimes people laugh so hard they cry.  This idea could be examined.
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  • Crying from fear. Sometimes people cry when they are scared of something.  A poet could examine this idea.
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  • Crying from something in the eyes. The idea would be to examine the idea of tears flowing without emotion or necessarily pain (but maybe discomfort).
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  • Someone else crying. The above ideas might be applied to the poet.  A poet might think of themselves crying from one of the causes.  With this idea, a poet would write about observing someone else crying.  They could look at the emotion felt seeing someone else experience emotion, pain, or discomfort.

Here is a poem using the idea of crying:

there,

after the doctor spoke

Poetry topic idea: electricity

Today’s poetry topic idea is electricity.  There are a number of ways a poet could write about electricity in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Electrons. A poet could look at electricity at its fundamental level and write about the subatomic particles.  They could write about the nature and attributes of them.  They could personify them as well.
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  • Electricity as something that is used. Think of having lights, fans, computers, and other things in modern life.
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  • Electrical components. A poet could write about electrical components such as resistors and capacitors.  A poet could apply the function of these components as metaphors to situations in life.
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  • Electrical attributes. These include things like Ohms, Watts, Amps, and Volts.  A poet could learn about each of these and write about the ideas involved in them.  For example, a watt is a unit of power.  This idea could be used symbolically in poetry.
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  • Electrical fixtures themselves. These might include switches, outlets, lights, and fans.  Things that might be found in a home.
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  • Electricity as a metaphor. Electricity is sometimes used as a metaphor in everyday speech.  Think of the “electricity” of attraction as an example.  There are other ideas as well.  A poet could use electricity itself as a metaphor in poetry.

Here is an example poem:

when the electricity goes out,
it’s amazing,
how quickly,
your house,
starts to feel,
like a box,
in the woods

Poetry topic idea: crepe myrtle trees

Today’s poetry topic idea is crepe myrtle trees.

It’s almost that time of year.  People are going to be pruning their crepe myrtle trees.  Some though, rather than pruning their trees properly, will, for some reason, lop the tops off.  Don’t do this.  Don’t.  It’s not the way to prune a tree.  It’s not.  Don’t do it.

Crepe myrtle trees have been written about on this blog before.  You can read the posts here: crepe myrtle tree posts.  Please read the posts.  If you are the type of person who lops your crepe myrtle trees, change.  It’s not too late.  You can do it.  M. Sakran encourages all readers to learn proper tree pruning methods and to prune their crepe myrtle trees properly.

After learning about pruning, readers can also write poems about crepe myrtle trees.  There are a number of ideas.

  • Of course, you could write about pruning them. You could write about why lopping them is very, very, wrong.  If you used to do this practice, and have changed, you can write about this change, and how wonderful it is.  If you see lopped trees, you could write about their plight.
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  • Crepe myrtle trees have bark that peels off. You could apply the idea of peeling off an outer layer metaphorically to other situations.
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  • Crepe myrtle trees have many flowers. You could write about the flowers directly or use them symbolically in a poem.
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  • Crepe myrtle trees are beautiful trees (when pruned properly). You could write about how nice they look.

 

Here is an example poem:

Oh the poor trees,
with their tops cut off,
why?
Why?

They suffer,
and cry,
and plead,
that they will be spared,
this horrible fate.

Oh,
if only those reading this,
would prune their trees properly,
and encourage others to do so,
what joy would be felt,
what happiness.
Trees,
far and wide,
would cheer.

Please spare the trees.
Please.

Poetry topic idea: winter solstice

Today is the winter solstice.  Happy shortest day of the year! (If you are in the southern hemisphere – happy summer solstice.  Happy longest day of the year!)

This day can inspire poetry.  The ideas of darkness, light, seasons, change, turning points, and so forth can all be used in poetry.  They can be applied to many different ideas.  Here is a poem inspired by the day:

the doctor said,
for the first time,
it got smaller

 

Note:

Because of Christmas, there will be no new blog post on the blog December 22 – December 25.  The next new blog post will be on December 26.  Merry Christmas.