Poem: What’s for dinner?

What’s for dinner?
This is an interesting question.
The answer can say a lot.

Think for a moment
about what’s for dinner
and about what that might mean.

What does it reveal?
What does it mean in a larger sense?

It sounds simple.

What’s for dinner?

There can be a lot
on the plate of the answer though.



Note: There will not be a new blog post on the blog on Monday June 8, 2020.  The next new post will be on Tuesday June 9, 2020.

Poetry topic idea: radio

Today’s poetry topic idea is radio.  A poet can incorporate the idea into poetry in a number of ways.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could:

  • Use radio in an acrostic poem. The word is short, has no repeated letters and has 60% vowels and 40% consonants.  A poet could write a five line acrostic poem with radio as the base.

  • Write about the idea of broadcasting. Radio has a feature such that, under the right circumstances, anyone with a proper device can listen for free.  There is the idea of freely spreading ideas involved.  A poet could apply this idea to poetry.  They could write about the spreading of an idea.  They could also view the publication of their poetry (either by themselves or someone else) as broadcasting their ideas.  This could influence the poetry they write.

  • Think about radio plays from the 1940s and write a poem in a similar style (with names of speakers, sound effects, actions spoken, etc.) They could write in noir, western, or mystery genres.

  • Write about music on the radio.

  • Write about talk radio.

  • Write about the use of radio in emergencies.

  • Write about radio as a means of communication.


Here is an example poem:

The Detective

“Where were you,
last Tuesday,
the fourteenth,
at 11:30,
at night?”

the question.

A photograph to inspire poetry: gecko


Above is a photograph to inspire poetry.  To the best of M. Sakran’s knowledge, it is a gecko.  If it isn’t, and you know what it is, let M. Sakran know using the form on the contact page.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

tiny brown gecko
pausing for a photograph
what’s the model’s name?

Poem with an explanation: A snail

How does a snail,
go across a road?


This poem is a question.  The idea is for the reader to contemplate it.

A snail moves very slowly, and going across a road is hazardous.  It would seem quite possible, that depending on the circumstances, that a snail might not complete the journey.

The chance of misfortune, though, is not the intent of the contemplation proposed by the poem.  Instead, it is meant to motivate the reader, to consider how potentially unlikely success is achieved.

In some ways, the reader is prompted to consider the question “How did a snail, go across a road?” rather than how one could possible do so, given the difficulty.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Citrus Blossoms?

Citrus Blossoms (Question Mark)

This is a photograph of what appear to be citrus blossoms.  The question is whether they are blossoms or not.  They do appear on a citrus plant.

Assuming these are citrus blossoms, they can inspire poetry in a variety of ways.

One way would be to focus on the idea of hope.  Citrus blossoms, may one day lead to citrus fruit, and so there is an amount of hope involved for someone who observes.  This idea of hope could be used in a poem.

Another idea would be to focus on senses.  These citrus blossoms have an appearance that is white, small, and almost looks like they are growing.  Assuming they become flowers, they would have a different appearance, but one that could also be described in a variety of ways.  The flowers would also have a scent.  Assuming the flowers become fruit, the fruit would have a citrus taste: something that is a combination of sweet and sour.  The fruit would also have a feel to it.  All of these senses could be combined in different ways into a poem.

Also, the citrus blossoms could just generally be used as a subject for a poem.