Poetry topic idea: sports

Today’s poetry topic idea is sports.  Sports is good topic to write about because there are so many different areas a poet could focus on.  A poet could write about:

  • Different sports. Some include: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, rugby, cricket, archery, boxing, gymnastics, bob sledding, downhill skiing, sprinting, hurdling, medium distance running, long distance running, tennis, swimming, and diving.

  • Winning and losing.

  • Various social issues associated with sports. These include ideas such as gender, race, and economic status.

  • Playing a sport.

  • Watching sports.

  • Discussing sports.

  • Play by play announcing in sports. A poet could apply this idea to other things and give a play by play for them.

  • Retiring from a sport.

  • The change in sports over time.

  • An invented sport. A poet could invent a sport and write poetry about it.

  • Sports video games.

  • Sports merchandise.


Here is an example poem using the idea of sports:

Strike one!
Strike two!
Strike three!
You’re out!

Hold on.
Loading saved game.

Strike one!
Strike two!
Home run!

Too bad,
this only works,
in video games.

Experimental Poetry Form: jack, queen, king

Today’s experimental poetry form is called jack, queen, king.  It is based off of the cards of those names in a deck of cards.

The form is an acrostic form with three stanzas.  The first stanza is an acrostic form for “jack”.  The second stanza is an acrostic form for “queen”.  The third stanza is an acrostic form for “king”.

In the first stanza, each line has eleven syllables, because a jack has a value of eleven.  In the second stanza, each line has twelve syllables, because a queen has a value of twelve.  In the third stanza, each line has thirteen syllables because a king has a value of thirteen.

The form also includes a rhyming pattern.  Lines 2, 6, 7, 8, and 11 rhyme.  Lines 1, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, and 13 rhyme.  The idea here is that lines that start with a vowel rhyme and lines that start with a consonant rhyme.

Here are the elements of the form:

J – 11 syllables, Rhyme A
A – 11 syllables, Rhyme B
C – 11 syllables, Rhyme A
K – 11 syllables, Rhyme A

Q – 12 syllables, Rhyme A
U – 12 syllables, Rhyme B
E – 12 syllables, Rhyme B
E – 12 syllables, Rhyme B
N – 12 syllables, Rhyme A

K – 13 syllables, Rhyme A
I – 13 syllables, Rhyme B
N – 13 syllables, Rhyme A
G – 13 syllables, Rhyme A

Here is an example poem using the form:

Jumping into the air with the ball in hand,
all hold their breath as the seconds tick on down,
climbing into the air as all around stand,
knowing if made that all will cheer in the land.

Quickly throwing the ball as all bases were manned,
understanding the meaning as the coach did frown,
ending the game would cause a party in the town,
expecting the umpire to say that one noun,
not knowing what would happen for nothing was planned.

Kicking the round ball with help from the adrenal gland,
into the net not thinking of the past patient gown,
not thinking too of the leg that was no longer tanned,
getting the final goal as all the cameras panned.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

Above is a photograph of a black and red insect on a citrus leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Predators and prey. This insect may be hunting something.  Presumably, something could be hunting it.  A poet could write about this relationship.

  • Uniforms. The insect is black and red.  A poet could write about a group with black and red uniforms.  They could create a story around the idea and have it in a poem.

  • Size. This insect is very small.  It is about the size of a pencil tip.  A poet could write about size and things that are very small.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

In his black and red uniform,
he came on to the rugby field.

Alone he stood,
just with his shadow,
and saw all those,
who would soon play.

Alone he stood,
in the silence,
and heard the sounds,
of the game.