We've already suggested asking a friend what to write about, but you can also just have a normal conversation and listen for new thoughts and ideas to write poems about. Your
friend may tell a story of an occurrence in his or her life. Write about it, and present it to your friend. The friend will probably be impressed that you were really listening. Of course, you might want to be
careful of the topics you choose to cull from such a conversation. Poetry about feminine hygiene products, male flatulence, or sexually transmitted diseases is not often a big seller or very complimentary. Your
friend may not want to know that you are listening that closely to those conversations.