A photograph to inspire poetry: a yellow flower

a yellow flower

This is a photograph of a yellow flower.  Some poetry ideas that can come from it include poems about:

  • Conformity/Standing out – this flower, in the photograph, is surrounded primarily by uniform grass. The flower is not conforming and is standing out.  This idea could be applied to a person in a poem.
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  • Situations that involve flowers – some situations that involve flowers are: dates, weddings, hospitalization, and funerals. A poet could write about one of these situations or others.
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  • Status – this flower might be considered by some to be a weed. A poet could write poems about the status people have as prescribed by others.

A photograph to inspire poetry: three insects

three insects

This is a photograph of three insects.  There is the black one with the orange stripes and the two green ones.  Before the picture was taken, the two green insects were on the plant, and the black and orange one jumped onto it.

The intent of the black and orange insect was unclear.  Did it randomly jump on the plant or did it go there intentionally?  Was it hunting the green insects or did it just not view them as a threat?

This photograph can inspire poetry.  A poet could write a poem examining the orange and black insect’s intent.  They could write the poem from the perspective of the orange and black insect or from the perspective of the green insects (or both and put them together).

A poet could take the idea of the photograph – one type of living thing with two other living things that are the same – and translate this to people.  For example, a poet could write a poem about an adult and two children.  Other ideas such as race, ethnicity, gender, etc. could be used as well.

Additionally, a poet could be inspired by the photograph and write a poem about the idea of meeting.  In some way, the orange and black insect met the two green ones.  A poet could use this idea and write a poem about people meeting.

A photograph to inspire poetry: some type of lawn plant

some type of lawn plant

This is a photograph of either the seed pods or unopened flowers of some type of lawn plant. They are actually quite pretty with the red striped colors.

This photograph could inspire poetry. Here is a poem inspired by it:

After the rain,
and wind,
of the night,
in the cool morning,
the lawn celebrated,
with decorations.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Worth it

Worth it

This is the fourth and last photograph of this dragonfly.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Dragonfly,
clear wings,
blue,
orange,
yellow,
white,
holding on,
seeing up close,
even the little hairs on the legs,
even the structure of the wings,
glowing in the sunlight,
the eyes looking away,
after all of the searching,
all of the waiting,
all of the trying,
this was worth it.