A photograph to inspire poetry: red leaf

red leaf

Above is a photograph of a red leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

red leaf,
on wet concrete,
fall’s first cold front

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A photograph to inspire poetry: tiny frog

tiny frog

Above is a photograph of a tiny frog.  The frog was about the size of a pinky nail.  The photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

This is so weird,
 breathing air,
 and not being under the water,
this is so weird.

A photograph to inspire poetry: light orange colored lily

light orange colored lily

Above is a photograph of a light orange colored lily.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Funeral flowers. Lilies are sometimes seen as funeral flowers. Although those might be white, a poet could write a poem where a person had light orange colored ones at their funeral.
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  • Sunsets. Light orange is a color that might be seen in sunsets.  The light shining might color things like flowers.  A poet could write about sunsets and how the light changes the color of things.
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  • Less than fullness. This flower is light orange.  It is not fully orange.  A poet could apply the idea of less than fullness to other things and use them in poetry.
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  • Gardens. A poet could write about gardens with lily flowers and other types of plants.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

these were planted
because you always
liked the scent

A photograph to inspire poetry: plants with yellow and orange flowers

plants with yellow and orange flowers

Above is a photograph of plants with yellow and orange flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include poems about:

  • The sun. The flowers look like the sun with a central part with yellow radiating out.  A poet could write poetry about the sun.  They might write science fiction poetry about multiple suns.
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  • These flowers look happy.  They are bright and open.  A poet could write poetry related to bright, open happiness.
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  • The flowers are in a group.  A poet could write about a group of people and relate them to the flowers.

 

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

There is one sun,
but really two.

In the north,
the summer ends,
and fall is near.

In the south,
the winter ends,
and spring is near.

Up in the sky,
there is but one,
but upon the earth,
two circle above.

Though time is the same,
as the two suns circle,
time goes,
in opposite paths.

A photograph to inspire poetry: two light purple and white flowers

two light purple and white flowers

Above is a photograph of two light purple and white flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Pairs. These flowers form a pair and a poet could be inspired to write about other kinds of pairs.
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  • Cooperation and competition. Depending on perspective, these two flowers could be seen as cooperating with each other or competing against each other.  They could be cooperating, in that because there is more color in the area than if there was only one flower, they are more likely to attract pollinators.  They could be competing in that they are competing for pollinators.  A poet could write about either of these ideas or a situation where both exist.
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  • Not talking. The two flowers are not facing each other.  This could remind a poet of two people who are not talking to each other.  A poet could write a poem about this.

Below is a poem inspired by this photograph.  It uses the experimental poetry form four by four.

After bee told one,
what butterfly had said,
the other had said,
neither spoke a word.