Artwork to inspire poetry: red leaf

red leaf

Above is an artwork of a red leaf.  It is based off of the photograph from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: red leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The season of fall.

  • Something generally changing color.

  • Something red represented by the leaf.

  • Death.

  • Something leaving before something takes its place.

  • Transition.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Hand


Above is an artwork of a hand.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

There’s an expression,
of knowing something,
like the palm of your hand.

But how many,
actually know,
what theirs looks like?

having it there,
for all of your life,
how many know,
it’s appearance,
and would truly,
be able,
to tell it from others?

There’s a lesson here,
in observation,
in all things,
that many see,
but few take time,
to notice.

You may have heard,
after someone or something is gone,
someone say,
that they don’t remember.

They don’t remember,
the color of the person’s eyes,
or what the tree looked like,
or how the dog played.

Though they’ve seen these things,
innumerable times,
they did not stop,
and see.

There’s a lesson in this.

Observe the things,
you see every day,
the things you would miss,
if they were gone.

For despite knowing them,
like the palm of your hand,
you may only know them,
as well as that.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Potato Person

Potato Person

Above is an artwork called Potato Person.  It was made by arranging potatoes to make a person shape, taking a photograph of the arrangement, and computer altering the photograph.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  One idea is would be to see symbolism in a person made out of potatoes and apply this idea to a poem.  The idea of a person being metaphorically made of something basic could be used in a variety of ways in a poem.

Here is an example poem inspired by the artwork:

After working in the ground,
for months on end,
the farmer finally sold,
pieces of himself.

Artwork to inspire poetry: mussels, shrimp, and crayfish

mussels, shrimp, and crayfish

The above artwork is of a cropped photograph of food.  It is of a cooked dish of mussels, shrimp, and crayfish.  It also has tomatoes and colored bell peppers.  It is seasoned with lime juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, celery seed, and paprika.

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

all mixed together,
tasty shellfish,
it was so good

Artwork to inspire poetry: Forelle pear

Forelle pear

Above is an artwork of a Forelle pear.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Pears. A poet could go in the obvious direction and write about the fruit.

  • Pairs. A poet could go in the direction of a play on words.

  • Lack of detail. This artwork lacks detail.  A poet could apply the idea of lack of detail to situations in life and use that in poetry.

  • Something using words that rhyme with pear. A number of words rhyme with pear and a poet could write a poem using those rhyming words.  Some of the words that rhyme with pear are: bear, care, chair, dare, fair, fare, flare, glare, hair, hare, mare, pair, pare, rare, stair, stare, tare, tear, wear, and ware.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

each day
the picture of her
faded more
within his mind