Poetry topic idea: transition of roles

Today’s poetry topic idea is about the transition of roles.  Think of the transition from being a student to a teacher, or an interviewee to an interviewer, or a child to a parent.  There are many instances in life when people are in one role in a type of situation, and later on, they are in the opposite role.  The idea of the poetry topic idea is to examine the different roles and the relationship between them.  A poet could write about:

  • Transitioning from one role to another (e.g. the poet could write about being a student in a class and then, at some later time, being a teacher in a class)

  • The perspective of on role of another (e.g. a poet could write about how an interviewee (the one getting interviewed) views an interviewer (the one interviewing))

  • The reflection of someone in a later role on what someone in the previous role is feeling (e.g. a poet could write about how a parent views their child from the perspective of how they themselves were as a child and how this reflection informs how they feel)

  • A detachment of the someone in a later role to someone in a previous role (e.g. a poet could write about a teacher who has forgotten what it was like to be a student and does things that students in the class don’t like, that they themselves wouldn’t have liked, such as giving an assignment over a break period)

Poetry topic idea: mirror

Today’s poetry topic idea is mirror.  A mirror can be used in poetry in a number of ways.  Some ideas include using a mirror:

  • To show an alternate universe or as a portal as might be done in science fiction or fantasy.

  • As a way to discuss issues of body image.

  • As a way to show vanity.

  • As a way to show self-reflection (on an emotional, life examining level).

  • As a way to show the true self of a person, as might be done in fantasy fiction.

Poetry topic idea: laundry

Today’s poetry topic idea is laundry.  Laundry can be used in many significant ways in poetry.  Some examples include poems about:

  • A wife finding another woman’s clothes in her husband’s laundry

  • An overworked maid doing laundry

  • The conditions for workers at dry cleaners

  • A person with a physical disability trying to do their laundry

  • Various symbolic things that happen when laundry is done – for example, that clothes are separated by color and type

Poetry topic idea: birthdays

Today’s poetry topic idea is birthdays.  Birthdays are a very special day where a person is given extra positive attention, at least theoretically.  Birthdays can also turn out to be not so good.

In yesterday’s post, there was a poem about a not so good birthday.  Other examples that might be used in poetry might be birthdays where:

  • no one comes to a person’s party

  • a person is a victim of a practical joke on their birthday by their supposed friends

  • a person is a victim of a crime or other significant negative event on their birthday

  • a person experiences some kind of social drama on their birthday. For example, a person they don’t like shows up at their party or they get something that looks like a gift, but is really something meant to hurt their feelings.

Looking at birthdays that fulfill their positive potential, a poet could write about:

  • a person who was cured of an illness getting to another birthday

  • a birthday where a person is actually given extra positive attention all day

  • a birthday where a person gets a gift that brings them to tears of joy

  • a birthday where a person does something they always wanted to do

Poetry topic idea: white noise

Today’s poetry topic idea is white noise.  These are the sounds, either made intentionally or caused by something else, that provide background noise and in some way drown out other noise.  These sounds could be rain or a fan or something of that nature.  These sounds may help reduce distractions for some people.

Some poetry ideas that could come from this are:

  • A poet might write about a conversation that is covered by white noise. They might write about it from the point of view of those having the conversation or from the point of view of those who can’t hear it clearly.

  • A poet might write about the sudden absence of white noise. This is what may cause a person to say “It’s too quiet”.  A poet could examine this idea of “too quiet” and the idea of background noise in a poem.

  • A poet might write about a person using white noise to cover over some sound. For example, a poet might write about a person using white noise to cover over the fighting of two people next door.

  • A poet might write a poem that has a white noise effect. They might write a poem with repetitious sounds that has some of the effect.

Poetry topic idea: roasted salted pumpkin seeds

Today’s poetry topic idea is roasted salted pumpkin seeds.

This may seem like a random and obscure poetry topic idea – and that was part of the notion.  It was picked partly because of that.

The idea, is that even something as random, obscure, and specific, as roasted salted pumpkin seeds could be used in poetry.  In addition, it could be used in poems that had depth.

For example, imagine writing a poem about someone with obsessive compulsive disorder.  This is a very significant thing.  Something not terribly significant, such as the aforementioned pumpkin seeds, could be used to express this idea.  Imagine writing a poem, where the person with OCD, constantly eats the seeds or eats them in a certain way.  The poem could be written, in such a way, as to express the idea of OCD, without ever saying it.

As another example, roasted salted pumpkin seeds could be used in a poem about humiliation.  Imagine a poem where someone has a bowl of discarded roasted salted pumpkin seed shells dumped on their head.  In this case, again, something relatively meaningless (the seeds) was used to express something with significance (a person’s humiliation).

This general idea, of applying something insignificant to a significant idea, could be used with many other things and with many other ideas as well.

Poetry topic idea: accidents

Today’s poetry topic idea is accidents.

Accidents could be viewed in different ways and from different perspectives.

Accidents could be major things, such as car accidents, or minor things, such as spilling a drink.

Accidents could be viewed from the person who commits the accident, or, if there is one, from the person who is the recipient of it.

Looking at accidents, one could look at issues, such as responsibility, accountability, intention, apology and guilt.

Accidents could be viewed as having negative consequences (e.g. a car accident) or positive consequences (e.g. if not for some accident, the couple would never have met).

Here is an accident related poem:

Cutting the hair,
the guard slipped …

uh …
does anyone have a hat?

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poetry topic idea: deadly beauty

Today’s poetry topic idea is deadly beauty.  Dragonflies are deadly – they eat other insects (among possibly other things).  Dragonflies are also beautiful – they have bright colors.  This idea of something being deadly, but looking beautiful, is the poetry topic idea for today.

A poet writing about deadly beauty, could decide to write about various forms of temptation.  They could write about anything that seems to be nice and look good, but in fact has negative consequences.  For example, a poet could write about someone with an alcohol problem, seeing a brightly colored bottle of wine.

Another idea, might be to write about things in nature, that look beautiful, but are poisonous.  Various brightly colored berries would fit this idea.

A poet might also write about the cliché of the attractive person who is a murderer.  A poet might choose this idea and have a poem that reads like a story.

As a last idea, a poet might twist the idea a bit, and instead of having the beautiful thing being deadly to something else, the beautiful thing, might be deadly to itself.  For example, a poet could write about a brightly colored animal that is spotted by a predator.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poetry topic idea: wings

As this is The Post Series: The Dragonfly Series, it would seem, that a natural poetry topic idea for it would be “dragonflies”.  That would be the case, however, dragonflies has already been used as a poetry topic idea on this blog.  It was used in the July 20, 2015 Blog Post: Poetry Topic Idea: Dragonflies.

Given that, there had to be another selection for this (as well as another) poetry topic idea for this post series.

Using “dragons” or “flies” as alternatives, while maybe obvious (and slightly humorous), seemed a little too simplistic, and so something else had to be thought of.

Given all of this, today’s poetry topic idea is: wings.

Dragonflies have interesting wings.  If you look at the photograph from the May 28, 2015 blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly, you can see that that dragonfly has four wings that appear mainly clear and have a lattice pattern to them.

Dragonflies can use their wings to fly in interesting ways.  They can hover and dart about and move somewhat like a hummingbird.

Some ideas that can from wings, are poems about:

  • Flight

  • Birds, bats and insects

  • The idea of freedom (flight being a way to have freedom)

  • Speed and quickness

  • Airplane dogfights

  • The structure of different kinds of wings

Poetry topic idea: free will

Today’s poetry topic idea is free will.  This is a rather philosophical concept, which might make it good for poetry.

A poet could examine different aspects of free will through poetry.  A poet could write about things such as:

  • Destiny and the idea of the lack of free will.

  • The idea that actions are the result of inputs. For example, a person exhibits some behavior because of their environment or heredity.

  • The idea that free will exists in a complete sense and that a person is both creditable and responsible for their successes and failures.

  • The idea that free will is either a reality or only something that is perceived.

  • The implications of free will existing or not.

  • The idea that minute things can have larger implications in actions. For example, the idea that the temperature might be one degree higher or lower than otherwise, and that that might influence behavior.

  • The idea of social conditioning and its effect on actions.

A poet could examine the ideas in a large scale, or apply them to certain specific situations.