A photograph to inspire poetry: Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Above is a photograph of a caterpillar.  There are a number of ideas related to this photograph that could inspire poetry.  For example:

  • The hazardous look.  This caterpillar has red marks and spines.  They may give an impression of hazard.  A poet could focus on the caterpillar’s attempt at defense.  For example, if the caterpillar is actually hazardous, a poet could focus on poison or the physical danger from the spines. If the caterpillar is not actually hazardous, but just appears to be so, a poet could focus on the caterpillar’s attempt at deception.
  • The pre-transition phase.  Assuming that this caterpillar has the potential at some point to turn into a winged creature, then a poet could focus on its current pre-transition phase as a subject for a poem.
  • Physical ability.  This caterpillar is climbing on a vertical wall.  This is one representation of its physical ability.  Relative to its size, this caterpillar might possibly have a variety of physical abilities, such as climbing to a high relative height or walking a long relative distance, which could be used in a poem.
  • Perilousness.  This caterpillar is in a relatively perilous state.  There are potentially many animals that could eat the caterpillar.  This possibly could be a subject of a poem.

There are also other ideas related to this photograph that could inspire poetry.  Please feel free to use this photograph, as well as the ideas mentioned here related to it, as inspiration for a poem.

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