Today’s experimental poetry form is called two words. The idea is simple: a poem of two words.
While two words may not seem sufficient to write a poem and get a message across, if done with broadness or with context, it can be. Here are 10 examples of two word poems:
While each poem is short, if perceived broadly, or given context, they can relate a message.
For example, consider the poem Quiet room.
If taken broadly, this could mean a number of things. It might mean a peaceful setting. It might mean a room where everyone has left. It might mean a room where someone is detained. It might mean a room after someone has died. It could mean these or other things. If a reader perceives the poem broadly, they could get a number of messages from it, which can add depth to the poem.
Similarly, if the poem was given context, for example with a title, or by being worked into a story or with other poems, that context could signify the meaning and give the two word poem impact. For example, if the poem Quiet room, was worked into a broader context of loneliness, the message of the poem would come through.
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George the parakeet died.
George was a blue parakeet. George was also a girl bird, despite the name George.
George was a good bird. George used to tweet, play with toys, fly around, land on people, play with people, and also lay eggs. George was a good bird.
Here is a poem:
seems very quiet now
to be quiet
Today’s poetry topic idea is quiet. The idea of silence. The absence of sound.
Quiet, as a poetry topic idea, can be interesting for poetry.
A poet could write about things like calm, stillness and peacefulness. A poet could describe a scene that has these qualities. For example, a poet might write about a nature scene, or someone sitting in a quiet area in their home. In this sense, quiet would be viewed as something positive.
Alternatively, a poet could write about quiet in a negative sense. They might describe someone lonely or someone isolated in some way. For example, they might write about a person sitting home alone during the evening, or someone trapped somewhere, like in a cave. They could write about a variety of situations of someone experiencing quiet, when they would rather experience some type of sound.
A poet might also decide to write about the absence of quiet. Quiet can be seen as the absence of sound and so this would be the lack of that situation. A poet could write about someone in a noisy situation who wishes things were quieter. For example, a poet might write a poem about someone in a house full of noisy people, who wishes they just had some calm and quiet.
A room with books and a large chair,
with quietness that does feel rare,
and a window that looks outside,
where from distraction one can hide,
someone can sit and rest from wear.
Inside are books that show some care,
and two small lamps that form a pair,
a fireplace that’s to the side,
a room with books.
Like a burrow of a small hare,
or a stone cave for a brown bear,
this space does fit on the inside,
with a small space that’s not too wide,
where one can feel how well they fare,
a room with books.