A photograph to inspire poetry: ladybug

ladybug

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

Beware ye aphids!
The armored menace is coming!
The menace is coming!
AHHHHH!!!!

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A photograph to inspire poetry: a small lemon that dropped from a tree

a small lemon that dropped from a tree

Above is a photograph of a small lemon that dropped from a tree.  The lemon is about the size of a penny.  It was months away from being full size when it fell.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  The general idea of something ending before it reaches its potential, could be applied to many different situations.

Here is an example poem that uses the idea:

they had three dates,
that went very well,
but she got the job offer,
and moved away

A photograph to inspire poetry: Don’t judge by appearances

Don't judge by appearances

Don’t judge by appearances.  The photograph above might at first appear to be a photograph of a snake.  In reality though, it is a photograph of a salamander.   In the photograph, the legs either can’t be seen or can’t be seen clearly.

This photograph can inspire poetry, but it also can teach a lesson: don’t judge by appearances.  Just because something or someone appears a certain way, doesn’t mean they are that way.  (As a note, using the contrast between a snake and salamander, isn’t meant to imply snakes are bad.  It is just meant to show that relying on an initial appearance can lead to a mistake.)

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

she looked at his suit
as he walked in the office
and decided then
he wouldn’t get the job

A photograph to inspire poetry: turnip flower buds

turnip flower buds

Above is a photograph of turnip flower buds.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

turnips
vinegar
salt
water
beets

the turnips sit
with salt on them
as liquid drains
for a time

into the jar
the turnips go
along with beets
for color
and sweetness

vinegar is poured
two inches up
and salt is sprinkled
just enough

water flows
and fills the jar
it sits outside
as all turns pink

into the cold
they sit and wait
two weeks pass
and all is nice