Poetry topic idea: gum

Today’s poetry topic idea is gum.  There are a number of ways gum can inspire poetry.

First, gum is chewed but not eaten.  This idea of doing something that seems to have a certain result, but that does not, can be used in poetry.

Second, bubbles can be blown with gum.  A poet could apply this idea to things like expansion, the expression “bursting someone’s bubble”, or to the idea of something being filled with something lacking substance.

Third, gum can have artificial flavors and colors.  The idea of inauthenticity could be applied to different situations.

Fourth, some people find other people chewing gum annoying.  The idea of annoying could be used in poetry.

Fifth, a problem with gum is what to do with it when the flavor is gone.  It can be thrown away, but if the wrapper is gone, that can be difficult.  The idea of what to do when some aspect of something is gone can be applied to a number of ideas.

Here is a poem inspired by gum:

chewing on thoughts
that don’t lead anywhere
can cause cavities
in accomplishments

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Poetry topic idea: aluminum cans

Today’s poetry topic idea is aluminum cans.  There are a number of ways a poet can use aluminum cans in poetry.  Some ideas include writing about:

  • The different beverages that can be in aluminum cans.
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  • Recycling.
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  • The idea that the fluid in aluminum cans, once opened, is only good for a short amount of time.
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  • Fragility mixed with strength. Aluminum cans are fragile, in the sense that they can be easily crushed.  They are strong though because they can bear a relatively large amount of weight.
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  • Preservation.
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  • Mining.
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  • Cans

Here is an example poem using the idea of fragility mixed with strength from aluminum cans:

seventy hours
collapsing on the sofa
a long week at work

Poetry topic idea: nightmare

Today’s poetry topic idea is nightmare.  A poet could use the idea of nightmares in a lot of ways.  A poet could write about:

  • Fear.  A poet could write about the underlying emotion of fear that is in nightmares.  They could explore different fears and how a person deals with them.
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  • A nightmare in actual life. A poet could write about a life situation that is like a nightmare.  They could compare the actual situation to the imagined one of a nightmare.  They could explore the difference between what is real and what isn’t.
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  • Different nightmares. A poet could explore different nightmares.  An example might be the nightmare of being chased.  A poet could look at this kind of nightmare and write about the emotions and situations involved in it.
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  • How nightmares reflect real life. A poet could look at the psychology of nightmares and write about how they might reflect what is happening in a person’s life.
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  • Nightmares of real situations. A poet could write about a nightmare a person has about something that really happened to them.  They could explore the idea of dreaming of something that is real.
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  • Waking up from a nightmare. A poet could write about what it is like to wake up from a nightmare.  They could write about the feeling of realizing something was only a dream.

Here is an example poem:

a meaningless dream
then feeling awake
someone is in the room
how did they get in?

not being able to move
not being able to speak
what is going to happen
why are they here?

feeling something
and then the bed
looking around
is anyone there?

having a moment
of realization
but it felt so real
was it?

Poetry topic idea: sleeping

Today’s poetry topic idea is sleeping.  It can inspire poetry. A poet could write about:

  • Dreams
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  • Insomnia
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  • Falling asleep
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  • Waking up
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  • Nightmares
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  • Death
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  • Being half awake
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  • Unconsciousness
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  • Darkness
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  • Beds
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  • Nighttime routines
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  • Night

 

Here is a poem that uses the idea of sleeping:

during the night
there was a dream
of one hand
in another

and during the night
as consciousness stirred
the feeling on the fingers
could still be felt

rationalization played
it was only a dream
rationalization played
but what if something caused it?

still in between
the fingers were checked
and for a moment
the feeling was felt

as eyes opened
and the fog lifted
the rational sense
showed nothing was there

but on the fingers
something was felt
and in the darkness
it felt real

Poetry topic idea: water

Today’s poetry topic idea is water.

Water can seem like a basic thing, but it can be complex if a person thinks about it.  There are a number of things about water a person can use in poetry.  Some of them include:

  • The fact that water exists in all three phases (solid, liquid, and gas) under normal conditions. This is different than most other substances.
     
    A poet could use this idea directly or relate it to other things.  An example might be a poem about a woman who is a wife, mother, and daughter all at the same time.
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  • Water is a solvent. Although it may not seem like it, most things dissolve in water if given enough time.
     
    This idea of dissolving could be used in a number of ways in poetry.  For example, a poet could write about people who work at a dead end job.  They could describe the people as dissolving into the place.
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  • Water is fundamental. Virtually every living thing needs water in some capacity to live.  This idea of being fundamental could be used in poetry in a number of ways.  A poet could write about a number of things they perceive as being fundamental.
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  • Water is destructive. Water can be destructive in major ways.  Think of floods, storm surge, and storms.  Water can also be subtly destructive.  Think about slow water damage to the structure of a house.
     
    A poet could write about these ideas directly or they could apply them to other things.
     
    A poet could apply the idea of major destruction to a life changing situation in someone’s life.  For example, if a person loses their job, all of a sudden their life has been damaged.  A poet could write about this and compare the unemployment to a flood or storm.
     
    The notion of subtle destruction could be applied to relationships.  Maybe one person causes another person to experience stress.  This stress could build slowly over time with each encounter.  This idea could be compared to the subtle way water damages a structure.

Here is an example poem using the idea of water:

the desert winds blew
so many months with no rain
then he got a job

 

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Poetry topic idea: temperature

Today’s poetry topic idea is temperature.  There are a lot of ways a poet can use ideas from temperature in poetry.

  • What the temperature is in a certain place depends on a number of factors at the time the temperature is taken. For example, a temperature measured in the sun, will be different than a temperature measured at the same time in the shade.  Similarly, a temperature measured above concrete, will be different than one measured above grass.
     
    This notion, that something that seems to have one fundamental answer (What the temperature is), doesn’t have just one answer, can be applied to situations in life.

    For example, is a person a good or bad?  The answer to this question might depend on a number things.  It might depend on the moment the person is evaluated, and who is evaluating them.  A person might seem good at one moment and to one person, and bad at another moment to another person.

    A poet could apply this idea in poetry.  They could write about something that seems fundamental, and show how it really depends on a number of things.

  • There are different temperature measurement scales. There is Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.  Each scale has a use.
     
    This idea of different measurement scales can be applied to situations.  For example, if something is 15 away, is that close or far?  It depends on 15 what.  15 inches would be close.  15 miles would be far.  The number doesn’t make sense without the scale it is on.

    A poet could take this idea and use it in poetry.  They could show a number of something, for example a grade someone got on a test, and show how the number only has meaning when the scale is known.

  • Temperature can be relative. Is 200 degrees Fahrenheit hot?  For an outside temperature it would be very hot.  As a cooking temperature, it would be relatively cool.
     
    This idea of relativity can be applied to other things.  Is $50,000 a lot of money?  The answer depends on what it is for, what a dollar buys, and what other people have.

    A poet could take this idea and apply it to poetry.  They could write about something, for example the size of an insect, and show that its size depends on what it is compared to.  The insect would be big compared to somethings, and small compared to others.

  • A number of things can have their temperature taken. For example a person can have their temperature taken.  As another example, a person might measure the temperature of something they are cooking.  This idea of different things being measured can be applied to other things.  An example might be all the numbers that are measured for an athlete.  These would include things like different speed and strength measurements.
     
    A poet could apply this notion to poetry by using different measurements of something in a poem.  For example, a poet might write about someone’s medical condition by showing different medical measurement numbers the person has.

Here is an example poem using the idea of temperature:

Cold

“Actually,
considering the choice,
staying home,
and doing nothing,
sounds better,
than going on a date,
with you.”

Poetry topic idea: dieting

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

  • Different types of diets.
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  • What it’s like to be on a diet.
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  • Hunger during a diet.
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  • Food cravings during a diet.
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  • Different meals during a diet.
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  • Reasons for dieting.
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  • Breaking a diet.
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  • Health during a diet.

 

Here’s a poem using the idea of dieting:

Five days,
fruits,
vegetables,
whole grains,
legumes,
and water –

gained two pounds.

Poetry topic idea: time

Today’s poetry topic idea is time.  There are a number of ways a poet could write about time.  Some of them include writing about:

  • The past
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  • The present
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  • The future
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  • Running out of time
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  • Aging
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  • A specific time
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  • A specific moment in time
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  • Infinity
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  • The end of time
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  • The relativity of time
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  • Waiting
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  • Too much time
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  • Things that are timed
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  • The time it takes to do things
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  • The measurement of time
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  • Telling time

 

Here is an example poem about time:

sitting in the room
feeling every tick
when will the door open

Poetry topic idea: extroversion

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

  • Being an extrovert.
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  • The perception of extroversion in society.
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  • The contrast between extroversion and introversion.
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  • An extrovert in a situation they feel comfortable in (e.g. at a party).
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  • An extrovert in a situation they feel uncomfortable in (e.g. by themselves for an extended period of time).
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  • Extroversion applied to things. Examples would be things like: brightly colored birds, a vintage car, or a large flower.
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  • The behavior of extroverts.
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  • An introvert struggling to act like an extrovert.
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  • Being labeled an extrovert.
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  • Professions extroverts might do well in (e.g. sales).

 

Here is an example poem using the idea of extroversion:

They finally invented,
a tiny camera,
that floats in the air,
and follows you around,
all the time.
Now you can livestream,
24/7.
Yea!!!

Poetry topic idea: introversion

Today’s poetry topic idea is introversion.  There are a lot of ways to look at introversion.  Poet could write about:

  • The difference between introversion and extroversion.
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  • The societal perception of introversion.
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  • An introvert finding something difficult (e.g. mingling at a party)
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  • An introvert finding something relaxing (e.g. sitting by themselves reading a book).
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  • An introvert not talking to someone (e.g. a stranger next to them on a plane trip).
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  • An introvert expressing themselves (for example, through poetry).
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  • A person trying to overcome their introversion. An example of this might be an introvert getting a sales job even though they find it difficult.
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  • A person embracing their introversion. An example of this might be an introvert getting a job copy editing because they find it comfortable.
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  • An extrovert attempting to get an introvert to “get out of their shell”.
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  • An introvert before a social gathering.
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  • An introvert after a social gathering.
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  • The difference between introversion and shyness.

Here is an example poem:

no one
talked to him
at the party
because he
talked to no one

he
talked to no one
at the party
because no one
talked to him
 
 
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