A photograph to inspire poetry: Living and dying

Living and dying

This photograph shows a plant that is living on one side and dying on the other.  There are many ways this can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • A person who puts on a happy public face, but in private is experiencing something painful.
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  • A person who was well on one day, and diagnosed with a disease on the next.
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  • An object that was in good condition one day, and destroyed the next (for example a house that burned down).
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  • Flowers at a grave.
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  • Something in a person dying. It could be seen as negative, such as the hope a person has dying, or it could be positive, such as an addiction a person has dying.
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  • Life and death generally.

 

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