Poetry topic idea: lists

Today’s poetry topic idea is lists.  A person can make lists of a number of different things.  Sometimes lists are mundane and sometimes lists are significant.  There can be meaning in a list and this can be something that can be expressed in poetry.

A poet could write a list as a poem.  They could think of a meaning to incorporate in the list.  For example, they could have a grocery shopping list for someone who was recently widowed.  They could write what the person might buy and show how the person altered their selections because of their situation.  They could have meaning in the different items on and not on the list and meaning in the title of the poem or in something within or after it.

Below is an example poem as a list.  Read it and see if you can understand the idea within it.

breakfast on the porch
go around the driveway
sit outside
work on puzzle
make a call
watch a show
have lunch
sit outside
read a book
watch a show
fold clothes
wash dishes
have a snack
go around the driveway
read a book
have dinner
watch a movie

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Stanzas, syllables, and repeats: Lists

This list of things is not random,
balloons filled up but not with air,
coals that smolder on a pathway,
water leaking from a faucet,
windows open during the night,
and blocks of calcium weighed down,
and all these things combined,
together make one thing.

Force, heat, flow, sense, and pain,
and all these things combined,
stacked up together like wood blocks,
inside the cubic foot of space,
and in front with no avoidance.

This list of things is not random,
a valve is turned and something flows,
water pours and smoke floats away,
a washer changed,
a window closed,
a weight is gone,
and peace returns.


(25/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Stanzas, syllables, and repeats