Poetry topic idea: fences

Today’s poetry topic idea is fences.  There are a number of things a poet could write about in relation to fences. A poet could look at the idea of:

  • Fences as barriers. They could look at the idea of keeping something out or keeping something in.  They could examine the idea of fences around houses, industrial areas, prisons, or other things.
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  • Separation. They could examine the idea of groups being separated by a fence.  They could examine what it means to be on one side of a fence or another.
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  • Fences as protection. They could write from the perspective of protecting those on the inside of a fence or from the perspective of protecting those on the outside of a fence.  They could write about the protected or about whatever the protected are being protected from.
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  • Fences as a metaphor. They could write about a person putting up a metaphorical fence between themselves and others.  They could examine the idea of the person hiding something or being fearful or having other emotions.
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  • Building fences. They could examine the labor involved.  They could focus on the process, the workers, or those having the fence built.
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Poetry topic idea: incoherence

Today’s poetry topic idea is incoherence.  There are a number of reasons a person might be incoherent.  It might be from a medical condition, from an accident, from drug use, from hunger or from something else.  A poet could write about what it is like to be incoherent.  They could write about themselves or another person.  They could write the poem in a clear way, and describe the incoherence, or they could write the poem in an incoherent way, and have the poem express it in that way.  A poet could look at the cause of incoherence and its consequences.  They might look at the progression of it and the relief from it.

P. S. This is the one hundredth “singular” poetry topic idea on this blog. It is the one hundredth poetry topic idea that isn’t in some way part of something else, such as a post series.

Poetry topic idea: addiction

Today’s poetry topic idea is addiction.  Although drugs might be the most likely thing that a person may think one could be addicted to, people can also be addicted to other things, such as food.

In writing about addiction, a poet can approach it in different ways.  A poet might write about:

  • An addiction they have.
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  • An addiction someone they know has.
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  • An addiction of a fictional person.
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  • The cause of an addiction.
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  • The cost of an addiction.
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  • Trying to overcome an addiction.
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  • Different states experienced while being addicted.
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  • Things that are addictive.
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  • Difference experiences of someone addicted.
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  • A person realizing that they are addicted.
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  • How people relate to someone with an addiction.

 

Here is an example poem relating to a food addiction:

Healthy,
healthy,
just had an apple,
just walked a mile,
healthy,
healthy,
no need for cake,
no need for cake,
cake isn’t healthy,
it’s there in the refrigerator,
cake isn’t healthy,
it’s chocolate,
no,
no,
no need for cake,
but it’s just cake,
it’s just cake,
just had an apple,
just walked a mile,
there’s the cake,
there’s the plate,
just had an apple,
just walked a mile,
why feel deprived?
why feel bad?
cake has eggs,
eggs are good,
cake has grain,
grain is good,
it’s just cake,
cake isn’t bad,
a small slice,
there’s other ways to be healthy,
it’s not a big deal,
no need to worry,
other people eat cake,
dieting is silly

why was the cake eaten?
it wasn’t healthy,
why was the cake eaten?
why the rationalization?
why the justification?
it all feels so heavy,
why the rationalization?
it didn’t taste that good,
why the justification?
it wasn’t healthy,
it wasn’t needed,
why the justification?
why the rationalization?
why?
not next time,
not next time

Poetry topic idea: failure

Today’s poetry topic idea is failure.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could, for example, write about a person failing.  They could write about:

  • How the person fails and the circumstances around it.
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  • The focus of responsibility for the failure. Is it internalized to the person who failed or attributed to circumstances outside of the person’s control?
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  • How the failure is perceived by the person who fails.
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  • How the failure is perceived by people other than the person.
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  • The consequences of the failure.
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  • The impact of the failure.

As other ideas a poet could write about groups, creatures or objects failing.

Poetry topic idea: retribution

Today’s poetry topic idea is retribution.  The idea of retribution, is the paying back of someone for a wrong.  A poet could look at this idea from a number of perspectives.

A poet could write about what wanting retribution feels like.  They could write about the feelings of anger involved.

They could write about a person who gets retribution on someone else.  They could examine a number of question such as:

  Does the person getting retribution feel better once they get it?

  What are the consequences of getting retribution?

  How does the recipient of retribution respond?

They could write about a person who gets retribution from another, but that retribution leaves them unfulfilled in some way.

They could write about retribution from the perspective of the recipient of it.  They could write about how they view the situation before, during and after retribution occurs.

A poet could write about mistaken retribution.  They could write about a person who gets retribution on another, only to find out a mistake was made.

A poet could ask the question that was asked in the poems in the August 2, 2017 blog post: “When wronged, is retribution or restitution more important?”

A poet could compare and contrast retribution and revenge.

Poetry topic idea: healing

Today’s poetry topic idea is healing.  Healing can be used in many ways in poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • healing after a traumatic experience
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  • healing after an injury
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  • one person healing another
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  • healing from a disease
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  • someone not healing from something

Here is a poem that uses healing:

invisibly,
they got into his heart,
and so twice a day,
the rescuers came,
to heal what was unseen

 

P. S. Happy eleventh day of Christmas.

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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • A poet could wait until they are experiencing frustration. They could write about the actual experience.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • insects flying
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  • flying on planes
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  • flying in dreams
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  • flying objects
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  • unidentified flying objects
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  • 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.”