Poetry topic idea: walking

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

  • Walking to get from one place to another.

  • Not being able to walk.

  • Pain while walking.

  • Walking for exercise.

  • Learning to walk.

  • Walking during work.

  • Walking dogs.


Here is an example poem using the idea walking:

walking in a circle
around the backyard
measuring a lap
seventy steps
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

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.

Experimental Poetry Form: four, four word steps

Today’s experimental poetry form is called four, four word steps.  In the form, there are four stanzas.  Each stanza has two lines.  Each line has two words.  The second, third, and fourth stanzas are indented ten, twenty, and thirty spaces respectively.  Here is what the form looks like





Here is an example poem written in the form:

Observance matters
each time.

          Days come
          and go.

                    Without thinking
                    they pass.

                              Without observance
                              meaning’s lost.