Poem: what happened?

Exercised extra,
all week.

The scale said,
three pounds more.

What happened?


Poem with an explanation: building castles

building castles
not knowing
they are made of sand


This poem is about doing something without the realization that it will be undone.  This idea could apply to many situations.  As an example, imagine someone starts a business.  They spend a great deal of effort setting it up.  They make it exactly how they want.  In a year though, the business the fails.  The person thought they were building something that would last.  Instead, they built something that disappeared.

This particular poem was based off of the idea of weight loss.  Sometimes when a person loses weight, they keep it off for a while, but they gain it back.  When the person lost the weight they thought it was permanent.  Instead, things went back to the way they were.  This idea was represented symbolically by the idea of person building what they thought was a stone castle, but it turned out to be a sand castle.  A sand castle is a temporary structure that will quickly disappear.

The idea of the poem is to contrast the idea of perceived permanence, with the reality of temporariness.

Poem: Roller Coaster

Although they were polite,
they said he could not ride,
the roller coaster,
because the bar,
would not fit on him.

He had to walk,
the entire line back,
as he tried to look,
like nothing was wrong.

He sat at home that night,
and didn’t know what to say.

The next morning,
after he tied his laces,
and started to walk,
he knew next year,
he would ride the ride.

Poetry topic idea: expectation

Today’s poetry topic idea is expectation.

Life is filled with expectation.  There are conscious expectations, like expecting to graduate or expecting to get married.  There are also unconscious expectations, like expecting what a restaurant will be like before you walk in.

A poet could write about expectation in a variety of ways.  A poet could write about:

  • Fulfilled conscious expectations. A poet could write about something a person consciously expects to happen.  They could write about the situation before and after it happens.  They could write about how the person feels in both times.

  • Unfulfilled conscious expectations. This is the opposite of the above idea.  A poet could write about someone consciously expecting something and that thing not happening.  Again, a poet could write about what the situation is like before and after this occurs.

  • Unconscious expectations. As mentioned above, life has unconscious expectations.  There are many times when a person expects things to go a certain way even though they are not aware they are expecting it.  The person is expecting the norm of the situation.
    In writing about unconscious expectations, a poet could take different routes.  A poet could examine expected situations.  They could look deep into them and try to find social significance in what is expected.

    Alternatively, a poet could write about what happens when unconscious expectations are not fulfilled.  In some sense, these might be awkward or uncomfortable moments in life.

    A poet could also examine the process whereby unconscious expectations are formed in a person.  They could examine past experiences of a person and how those experiences shaped the person’s view of situations.


  • The expectations of others. In life, a person often has expectations of others presented to them.  A person might have others expect them to go to college or to get married for example.  A poet could write about these ideas from different perspectives.  They could focus on the others having the expectations or on the person to whom they are presented.  They could look at how the expectations are perceived and at what happens if they are fulfilled or not.

Here is an example poem using the idea of expectation:

the scale

there’s a number
that before looking down
you know

on one side
is happiness

on the other

it’s there
quietly beside you
just out of view

Poem: Looking at the analog dial

Looking at the analog dial

Standing on the scale,
keeping balance,
taking a breath,
with hope.

And then a look down,
 at the analog dial,
  and seeing …


There’s something,
about the logic,
about the simplicity,
 just lessen one thing,
 and increase the other.
It makes sense,
  it’s not an opinion,
    it’s not dependent,
      it’s not subjective.

There’s something though,
 about the strange reality,
that this logic,
 doesn’t correctly answer,
  the math problem.


A fly on the lamp shade,
wipes its hands together,
and seems to be,
 putting one finger,
  across the other,
and casting blame.

But there on the frosted glass,
 is the silhouette of a moth,
and as its wings flutter,
 it sends a signal,
  like with flags,

that the fly is wrong,
and there is no blame,
and to keep climbing over the dune,
  because the oasis,
    is on the other side.

Looking at the analog dial.