Artwork to inspire poetry: D’ Anjou pear

D' Anjou Pear

This artwork is of a D’ Anjou pear.  Some poetry ideas that can come from it are poems about:

  • Someone named D’ Anjou

  • Pears

  • The idea of mixing “pear” with “pair”

  • A place in France called Anjou

  • Fruit in general


Here is an example poem:

Sitting alone,
on the park bench,
eating a pear,
she looked out,
as a pair walked by,
knowing him,
but not her.

Artwork to inspire poetry: apple


This artwork is of an apple.  It started out as a colored pencil drawing (which was partially traced from a photograph of a real apple).  After that rubbing alcohol was used to blend the colors.  A little more colored pencil was applied, then it was scanned and just slightly computer altered.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include:

  • Poems about apples. This is obvious, but the idea could be extended to include various apple products such as apple juice, cider, sauce, butter, etc.

  • Poems about hunger. This apple is a picture of food.  It could inspire a poet to write about someone without food.

  • Poems about alcohol use. This drawing was altered using alcohol (albeit rubbing alcohol).  A poet could take this idea and write a poem about a person who is altered by alcohol (the drinking kind).

  • Poems about things that are red. This apple is red and things can sometimes be described as apple red.  A poet could write about things that have this color.

Artwork to inspire poetry: three fruit

Three fruit

This is an artwork of three fruit.  It is of a mandarin orange, on top of a banana, on top of a mango.  The idea was to have a little twist on the standard fruit still life.  The artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and was then computer altered.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Great heights can be reached,
standing on the shoulders of others –

just make sure,
you get their permission first,
it could sort of be awkward.


Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Artwork to inspire poetry: Dragonfly

Dragonfly artwork

Here is the first of the items in The Dragonfly Series.  It is an artwork for inspiration.  It is of a dragonfly.  It is based off of the photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly from the May 28, 2015 post.  This artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and then was computer altered.

Some poetry inspirations that might come from this artwork include poems relating dragonflies and:

  • light

  • water

  • moonlight

  • disappearance

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

upon the water
a glimmering reflection
the dragonfly flew

Artwork to inspire poetry: bread


This artwork is of bread.  It is whole wheat.  Before it was baked, it was made like a chain that made a circle.  A circle of dough was formed, then a length of dough was put through it and made into a circle, and this was repeated until there was one length left.  With the last length, the circle was completed.

This bread went through a process of individual parts and connections of parts.  The wheat plants were individual.  In the bag of flour the wheat was mixed.  When the dough ball was formed, the wheat was connected.  The wheat was then separated as lengths were formed.  The lengths were connected in a chain.  The chain became more connected as it baked.

This idea of individual parts and connections could be used in poetry.  There are many examples of this from machinery to relationships.  There are many instances where there is a flow of connection and separation.  Poems could be written using this idea as a basis.