Poetry topic idea: olives

Today’s poetry topic idea is olives.  A poet could write about a number of olive related things.  A poet could write about:

  • Different kinds of olives.

  • Recipes with olives.

  • Curing olives.

  • Eating olives.

  • Growing olives.

  • Olive trees.

  • Olive oil.

  • Places where olives grow.


Here is an example poem using olives:

a bowl on the table
green, black, brown, red
lemon, peppers
now the meal is complete

Poem with an explanation: arranged

Olives, peppers, mixed,

roasted pepper plate,

sliced tomato tray,

marinated things,

arranged for a late meal,

lonely, eaten here


The poem above uses the experimental poetry form: thorns with a flower bud from the January 7, 2016 post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

In keeping with the form, the poem was written so that it would seem slightly off.  The first four lines describe food that might be seen as tasting good.  The meter though, is intended to make the lines not seem quite right.

The fifth line, with its iambic tetrameter meter is intended to sound more natural.  Additionally, it explains the first four lines.  At this point, the poem should change in tone from seeming somewhat off, to somewhat positive.

The last line though, goes back to the previous form, and because it reveals that this meal is being eaten by someone who is lonely, and presumably alone, it goes back to the poem not sounding as positive as it could.

A Poem: A small green fruit

A small green fruit

A small green fruit that’s cured for taste,
with water and salt and time that’s paced,
has oil that shines as light goes through,
and gleams with a golden bright hue,
and from it many meals are based.

Sour, salt, oil and bitter are faced,
in fruit and oil and even in paste,
eaten as sides and in dishes too,
a small green fruit.

With any meal a bowl can be placed,
and it would not seem to be misplaced,
as long as there were not just a few,
but enough of them that it would do,
and they were eaten with no haste,
a small green fruit.