Artwork to inspire poetry: Vegetables and shrimp with oyster sauce served over rice

Vegetables and shrimp with oyster sauce served over rice

Above is a photograph of mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and shrimp with oyster sauce served over rice.  It is food as art.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

There was supposed to be
couscous
for dinner
but someone said,
“Eat something else.”
Hmm …
What to do,
with the vegetables
and shrimp?

Poetry topic idea: thirst

Today’s poetry topic idea is thirst.  A poet could write about:

  • Being thirsty
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  • Dehydration
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  • An inadequate supply of clean water
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  • The idea of being thirsty, with, for varying reasons, undrinkable liquid available
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  • Quenching thirst
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  • Drinking liquids
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  • Thirst in survival situations
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  • Thirst as a metaphor

 

Here is an example poem that uses the idea of thirst:

an empty glass
a pitcher nearby
a child wanting attention

Poetry topic idea: walking

Today’s poetry topic idea is walking.  A poet could write about:

  • Walking to get from one place to another.
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  • Not being able to walk.
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  • Pain while walking.
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  • Walking for exercise.
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  • Learning to walk.
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  • Walking during work.
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  • Walking dogs.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea walking:

walking in a circle
around the backyard
measuring a lap
seventy steps
so
at seven thousand
three hundred
there are twenty seven hundred
left to go
to reach ten thousand
each lap
at seventy steps
with twenty seven hundred to go
that means
doing the math
still doing the math
a little more
than thirty eight laps
all right
that’s far
just keep walking
just keep walking
thirty seven left
just keep walking
just keep walking

Poetry topic idea: buying a used car

Today’s poetry topic idea is buying a used car.  A poet could write about:

  • The overall car buying experience.
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  • Researching cars.
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  • Car salespeople.
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  • Lemon cars.
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  • The difficulty in comparing used cars.
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  • The time it takes to buy a used car.
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  • The perception of used cars.
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  • The perception of different kinds of cars.
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  • What goes into the car buying decision.

Here is an example poem using the idea of buying a used car:

Apples and oranges
apples and oranges

Year
Make
Model
Miles
Type
Condition

Apples and oranges
apples and oranges

One is better
one is worse
one is different

How to compare?

Apples and oranges
apples and oranges

Poem with an explanation: steps

walking in circles
around the driveway
neighbors watch
and don’t understand

counting the circles
doing the math
letting the mind wander
as the steps continue

at times
it feels pointless
many journeys
to a beginning

at times
when there is less
and then less
and then less
and then less
there’s a point

 

This poem is about a person walking to lose weight.  The person has a pedometer and is counting their steps each day to reach a daily goal so they can lose weight.

In the first stanza, the person walks repeatedly around their driveway in a loop.  This seems odd to their neighbors.

In the second stanza, the person tries to take their mind off what they are doing, to help it go faster, all the while realizing that as they are trying not to think about it, they are continuing to walk.

In the third stanza, the person does feel strange doing all this walking without some sort of tangible result.  They are not walking for work for example or to reach a location.

In the fourth stanza, as the person continues to lose weight they understand the point of what they are doing.

A photograph to inspire poetry: opening loquat flowers

opening loquat flowers

Above is a photograph of opening loquat flowers.  The final flower looks very different than the beginning and middle stages.  This idea can inspire poetry.  Here is an example poem:

drawing an outline
 according to the instructions
 this will look like a flower
 complete with shading and detail
 when this is done