Poetry topic idea: commemoration

Today’s poetry topic idea is commemoration.  Many things can be commemorated in a person’s life.  They might be personal (e.g. a person commemorates the day they started a business) or impersonal (i.e. a commemoration of an external event like the anniversary of a historical event).

A poet could write a poem where they commemorate something.  They could also shift the perspective some and write about the commemoration itself.  As mentioned above, they could write about personal or impersonal events.

Although commemorating might generally be seen as positive, a poet could shift the perspective and write about a commemoration from a negative point of view.  They might write about the commemoration of a somber event.  They might also write about a person or group who was negatively impacted by an event that is being commemorated (e.g. a town with a sports team might commemorate a championship, while they town with the team that got defeated for the championship might not celebrate).  They might also write about someone with a negative emotion at an otherwise positive commemoration (i.e. an unhappy person at the party).

Here is an example poem that uses the idea of commemoration:

“This town was started,”
so the speech went,
“when all those years ago,
those determined pioneers,
who decided nothing would stop them,
no matter the cost,
decided this place,
would be a good spot,
to settle,
after two wagons broke down,
and no one had,
replacement wheels.”

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