Poetry topic idea: olives

Today’s poetry topic idea is olives.  A poet could write about a number of olive related things.  A poet could write about:

  • Different kinds of olives.
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  • Recipes with olives.
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  • Curing olives.
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  • Eating olives.
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  • Growing olives.
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  • Olive trees.
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  • Olive oil.
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  • Places where olives grow.

 

Here is an example poem using olives:

a bowl on the table
olives
green, black, brown, red
lemon, peppers
now the meal is complete

Poetry topic idea: new

Today’s poetry topic idea is new.  A poet could write about the idea of new in different ways.

One way a poet could write about something new is to write about something that did not exist before.  This could be something like a new invention.

The idea of new could also refer to something that was not known before but existed.  This could be something like the discovery of a new species.

New could also refer to the idea of next.  This could be something like a new job.

New could also refer to the idea of different.  This could be something like driving a new way to a place.

The idea of new could stand alone (like with a new species) or it could relate to something previous (like a new job).

Here is an example poem using the idea of new:

the light of dawn
shines through the window
the day begins

Poetry topic idea: lists

Today’s poetry topic idea is lists.  A person can make lists of a number of different things.  Sometimes lists are mundane and sometimes lists are significant.  There can be meaning in a list and this can be something that can be expressed in poetry.

A poet could write a list as a poem.  They could think of a meaning to incorporate in the list.  For example, they could have a grocery shopping list for someone who was recently widowed.  They could write what the person might buy and show how the person altered their selections because of their situation.  They could have meaning in the different items on and not on the list and meaning in the title of the poem or in something within or after it.

Below is an example poem as a list.  Read it and see if you can understand the idea within it.

breakfast on the porch
go around the driveway
sit outside
work on puzzle
make a call
watch a show
have lunch
sit outside
read a book
watch a show
fold clothes
wash dishes
have a snack
go around the driveway
read a book
have dinner
watch a movie

Poetry topic idea: popcorn

Today’s poetry topic idea is popcorn.  Below are some things a poet can write about related to popcorn.  A poet could write about:

  • Popping corn. They could write about popping corn in the microwave, in a skillet, or in a machine.  They could write about the process, the noise, the smell, and other things.
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  • The corn used in popcorn. They could write about how it differs from other types of corn.
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  • Watching movies and other programs while eating popcorn. They could describe the experience and write about how popcorn relates to the experience.

Here is an example poem using popcorn:

art
made with different colored kernels
so many little pieces
together

Poetry topic idea: hats

Today’s poetry topic idea is hats.  Hats can be for utilitarian, aesthetic, or combined purposes.  Hats can also convey information like affiliation with a group or a profession.

A poet could write about hats in poetry.  They could examine the different aspects of hats, different types of hats, and different ideas regarding hats.

Here is an example poem using hats:

birthday hats
no one at the party
it might seem sad

but a honk of a horn
and going outside
a line of cars
and tears of joy

Poetry topic idea: soup

Today’s poetry topic idea is soup.  There are a lot of ways a poet could reference soup in a poem.  A poet could write about:

  • Different types of soup.
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  • The making of soup.
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  • Ingredients in soup.
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  • The idea of soup (different ingredients together to make one thing).
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  • Stretching the amount of food by making it as soup.
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  • Things eaten with soup.
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  • Soup vs. stew.
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  • Soup as a metaphor.

 

Here is an example poem using soup:

Is it soup?

Chicken
greens
spices
water
served over rice.

Is the answer in how it’s served?
Is it in how it’s perceived?
Is there a technical definition to go by?

Does the answer matter,
or is there more to this
than a name?

Poetry topic idea: lifeboat

Today’s poetry topic idea is lifeboat.  There are a number of ways a poet could write about a lifeboat and a number of ideas pertaining to it.

First, a poet could write directly about a lifeboat.  They could write about being in small boat after a larger one has sunk.  They could look at ideas such as survival, rescue, isolation, hope, despair, and others.

Second, a poet could write about a lifeboat as a metaphor for something that helps them survive in tough times.  This could be something like staying with a relative when they lose their job, or, like now, a person staying in their house because of a virus.

Third, a poet could write about a lifeboat as a metaphor for their present condition.  The person could be in a condition where they are just above some lowest level, and the lifeboat could describe that.  They could view their condition positively or negatively depending on perspective.  An example for this might be a low paying part-time job a person finds after losing their higher paying full-time job.

Fourth, a poet could write about a lifeboat as a metaphor for any temporary place of isolation.  The place could be viewed as a positive retreat or as an escape from something negative.  A positive place might be a person’s room in their house that they go to simply to relax.  An escape form something negative might be a place a person goes to get away from someone who upsets them.

Here is an example poem using the idea of a lifeboat:

out to sea
$200 a week
and a brother’s couch
where is land?