Poetry topic idea: ribs

Today’s poetry topic idea is ribs.  Here are some ideas for using ribs in poetry:

  • A poet could write about the creation story of Adam and Eve. They could use the story of Eve’s creation as the basis for expressing other ideas.  They could write about husbands and wives, as well as women, men, and their relationship to each other.

  • A poet could write about a boxer with hurt ribs. They could write about the pain, the difficulty breathing and the difficulty moving.  They could write about how each blow brings more damage.  They could use these ideas as a metaphor for life situations.

  • A poet could write about cooking and eating ribs. They could write about the process, the time and the recipe.  They could describe the appearance, smell, taste and texture.

  • A poet could use a rib cage as a metaphor for something else. They could either talk about it as containment or protection.


P. S. Happy third day of Christmas.


Poetry topic idea: frustration

Today’s poetry topic idea is frustration.  A poet could use frustration in poetry in different ways.

  • A poet could write about situations that are frustrating. For example, a poet could write about doing a task that should be simple, but turns out to be difficult.

  • A poet could wait until they are experiencing frustration. They could write about the actual experience.

  • A poet could write from the perspective of the person or thing causing frustration. They could examine how and why the frustration is being caused.  They might choose to examine the idea of intentional frustration.  They could write about a person intentionally frustrating another person for different reasons.

  • A poet could write about resisting the feeling of frustration. They could write about how a person changes their perspective or situation and calms down.

  • A poet could write about persistence or giving up in the face of frustration. They could write about a person in a frustrating situation and how that person refuses to give up.  They could write about this as either determination or stubbornness.  Alternatively, they could write about a person giving up in the face of frustration.  They could view this as either wise (the person knew when to move on) or as a lack of resolve.

Poetry topic idea: flying

Today’s poetry topic idea is flying.  There are lots of ways to use the idea of flying in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • birds flying

  • insects flying

  • flying on planes

  • flying in dreams

  • flying objects

  • unidentified flying objects

  • flying as a metaphor for feelings


Here is an example poem that uses flying:

trying to fly,
in the dream,
can’t do more,
than leap high

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.”

Poetry topic idea: ice

Today’s poetry topic idea is ice.  Ice appears in many places and situations and each comes with a different connotation for poetry.

As examples, ice can appear:

  • on roads

  • as glaciers

  • as icebergs

  • in drinks

  • in coolers

  • in freezers

  • as icicles

  • in medical settings

  • under trays of food in buffets

Each of these places and situations can be used differently in poetry.  A poet could use ice directly, as a metaphor for something or as a way to discuss an idea.

Here is an example poem using ice:

running with the cooler,
instead of sodas,
a heart

Poetry topic idea: perspective

Today’s poetry topic idea is perspective.  If a poet writes a poem from a person’s point of view, the idea of perspective can be influential, although in the background.

Sometimes, a poet might be writing about a detached event, such as rain.  The poet might write that the rain is either positive or negative, depending on how they themselves, or the subject of their poem, views the rain.  For example, a poet writing about a farmer, might describe rain positively, whereas, a poet writing about someone participating in an outdoor event, might describe rain negatively.

In other instances, there are two parties and some connected event.  Think about two people arguing over something.  The something might be the same, but each person views it differently.  There are many situations where two people can be involved in something and see it differently.  Imagine a situation for example, where one person gives a gift, that the receiver of the gift resents.  The gift giver thought they were doing something good, but the receiver saw it as bad.

Interestingly, a poet might not realize that they are applying perspective in their poetry.  They might not realize that they are writing about something from a certain point of view.

Some ideas for using perspective in poetry might be:

  • A poet could write a pair of poems, one poem looking at something from one perspective and the other poem looking at it from the other. For example, a poet could write about a wedding.  They might write one poem where someone at the wedding viewed the marriage positively and another poem where someone viewed it negatively.

  • A poet could find a poem they previously wrote, examine it for perspective, and write a new poem from a different perspective. For example, a poet might find a poem they wrote where they describe the weather negatively.  They might think about someone who experienced the same weather, but saw it positively.  They could write a poem from their perspective.

  • A poet could try to write a new poem from a perspective that they don’t have. For example, they could write about a political issue from the other side’s point of view.

Poetry topic idea: four holidays

Today’s poetry topic idea is four holidays.  Depending on what you celebrate and where you are, today is four holidays.  It is:

  • The Feast Day of the Apostle James

  • Leif Erikson Day

  • Columbus Day

  • Canadian Thanksgiving Day

A poet could write one or more poems about one or more of these holidays.  It would be a good opportunity to learn about each day, what or who is being celebrated, and how each day came about.  It might be particularly interesting for a poet to learn and write about a day that they don’t normally observe.

Of the four days noted above, Columbus Day might be the one that comes with some amount of controversy, depending on perspective.  If that’s the case for a poet writing about it, they could always write about it from that point of view.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A person might also write about hunger associated with an eating disorder.

  • 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?!

Poetry topic idea: humidity

Today’s poetry topic idea is humidity.  Humidity could be used in different ways in poetry.  Here are some examples:

  • When humidity is high, it can sometimes feel oppressive. This idea could be used as a metaphor for situations in life.  Poets could write about work, politics, social issues, relationships and other ideas using the metaphor.

  • Humidity can be integral to a place. There are many places in the world that are identified with humidity.  A poet could use this idea to tie the content of their poem to a place.

  • For conditions to be comfortable, humidity, among other things, must be within a certain range. If it is too low, things feel dry.  If it is too high, it feels too hot.  A poet could apply this idea to many things in life.  They could write about many things that are good within a range, but not good if they fall out of a range.

Poetry topic idea: The Moon

Today’s poetry topic idea is the Moon.  The Moon is the answer to the riddle in yesterday’s poem.

The Moon can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  The poem yesterday used three.

In the first stanzas of the poem (after the part where the riddle is said to be a poem) the idea of perspective is examined.  If a person looks at the Moon in the right way, it can appear to fit between their fingers.  It almost looks like it could be held.  In some way, it looks very small.

In reality though, the Moon is very large.  It is one of the biggest things a person will ever see (with the exception of other things in space).  This is a strange dichotomy.

From one perspective of sight, the Moon can appear very small.  From another perspective of relative size, the Moon is very large.  It can depend on how a person is thinking about it.

This idea of changing perspective could be used in poetry.  Many things can seem different depending on how they are viewed.  This includes visual things, but also a person’s emotional response to situations.  Things can appear differently depending on how they are viewed.

In the second stanza of the main poem, the idea of defined uniqueness is examined.  The Moon is one of many orbiting satellites in space.  There is, in some sense, nothing special about the Moon.  There are many “moons”.  Despite this though, the Moon is special.  It is the Moon of Earth.  It has a uniqueness to this planet.

This idea can be used in poetry.  There are many examples where something feels unique but really isn’t.  Think of all the mass produced items a person owns, for example.  Each of those items are theirs.  Each of the items has a certain uniqueness and history.  Despite this though, each of the items is mass produced.  Each is one of thousands or millions.  There is little unique about them, at least at a high level.  While the items may have acquired some uniqueness over time, they are still very similar to many other items.

In the last stanza of the main poem, the idea of what is seen compared to what is real is examined.

Throughout a month, the Moon goes through phases.  To someone just looking up, the Moon appears to appear and disappear.  There are times when no Moon can be seen.  There are times when only half the Moon can be seen.

Despite this though, the Moon isn’t really appearing or disappearing.  To the best of M. Sakran’s knowledge, it is being covered up by the shadow of the Earth.  The Moon is still there.

This idea of what is seen being compared to reality can be used in poetry.  The obvious example might be watching a magic trick.  To a person watching, the magician sawed the assistant in two.  In reality though, the assistant was fine.

In a somewhat more typical poetry sense, the idea could be applied to human relationships.  There are many times where someone’s seen actions are different from their feelings and motivation.  This idea could be used in poetry.