Artwork to inspire poetry: black and white strawberry

black and white strawberry

Above is a black and white artwork of a strawberry.  It can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of the loss of color. As this strawberry is presented without its usual colors of red, green, and so forth, a poet could write about someone or something losing color.  They could write about furniture that has faded.  They could write about a person so scared they lost the color in their face.  They could apply the idea symbolically, and write about a thing or person losing something fundamental to it or themselves.
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  • A person not wanting to be noticed. This strawberry has a muted appearance.  It does not stand out as much as a colorful strawberry would.  A poet could apply this idea to people.  They could write about a person who does not want to be noticed.  An example might be a person at a performance who hopes they don’t get called up on stage.
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  • A person not being noticed. As a corollary to the idea above, a poet could write about a person who isn’t noticed.  An example might be a person at a party who no one talks to (although not because they don’t like the person, but rather, because they don’t notice them).

 

Here is an example poem:

The leaves were green,
but then they changed,
first red,
then yellow,
then brown.
And then one day,
in the wind,
they blew away,
and the tree was bare.
The drought was in,
its hundredth day.

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Artwork to inspire poetry: plantains

plantains

The artwork above is a food artwork.  It is of cooked plantains.  The plantains were sliced and cooked in a butter alternative.  When they were nearing being done, brown sugar, honey and lemon juice were added.  The plantains were cooked a bit more and then served.  Although this food is not vegan in the sense that honey (and possibly sugar) are not vegan, it does not contain any meat or dairy.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Places where plantains grow. A poet could look up the regions of the world where plantains grow and write about those places.  A poet could learn and write about what plantain farms are like and about those who work there.
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  • Cooking plantains. A poet could write about a meal being prepared with plantains as a side dish or a desert.
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  • The colors in the food. This dish contains yellows, golds, oranges and browns.  A poet could write a poem with those colors and use them symbolically in poetry.
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  • Sweet vs. savory as a metaphor. This dish is sweet.  The plantains were ripe and brown sugar and honey were used.  Plantains can also be cooked as a savory item.  They can be fried and sprinkled with salt.  A poet could see this contrast and use it as a metaphor for other things.
     
    There are a number of experiences and situations that could be one way or another depending on circumstances.  A poet could write about these situations and examine the ways they could differ.  A poet might include different versions of the same situation in the same poem.

Artwork to inspire poetry: mosquito

mosquito

Above is an artwork of a mosquito.  Below are some poetry ideas from it.  A poet could write about:

  • Mosquitos. A poet could focus on different aspects.  They might write about their place in nature, the idea of them being pests, ideas about disease or other things.  A poet could focus on seasons and place.  They could also use the ideas symbolically for other things.
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  • Blood. A poet could write about different things related to blood.  They could write about donating blood, blood tests, bleeding, the idea of being related and other things.
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  • Vulnerability. A poet could think about how vulnerable mosquitos are and apply the idea metaphorically to different situations.

Here is an example poem:

A hat,
long sleeve shirt,
pants,
long socks,
closed shoes,
gloves,
spray,

middle of summer,
armor for gardening.

Artwork to inspire poetry: a broken hazelnut without its shell

a broken hazelnut without its shell

Above is an artwork of a broken hazelnut without its shell.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of something being broken. The poet could look at the idea of broken as being negative or positive depending on the situation.
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  • The idea of pieces. A poet could focus on pieces of something, either physical or pieces of an idea.
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  • The idea of putting something back together. The poet could focus on something physical or look at the idea symbolically.

Here is an example poem:

The weight did fall,
the foot did break,
held together,
in the plaster.
Six weeks pass,
steps are climbed,
the day does come,
when there is breath.
Seeing the familiar,
looking so different.
Doing something basic,
with such effort.
Walking without thought,
and thinking of it.

Artwork to inspire poetry: garlic and a banana

garlic and a banana

The above artwork is of garlic and a banana.  The pair is a mismatch, in the sense that the two foods do not taste good together.  A poet could see this and be inspired to write about other mismatches.  They could focus on mismatches that, in whatever way, do not work, or they could focus on mismatches that work despite their differences.  They could focus on the differences between the two things, or despite those differences, they could focus on their similarities.

 

Artwork to inspire poetry: Peach

Peach

 

Above is an artwork of a peach.  It can inspire poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Peaches in general. A poet could write about the fruit.  They could focus on its color, scent, taste and so forth.
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  • Cooked items with peaches. A poet could write about peach pie, peach ice cream, peach preserves, peach cobbler or other cooked foods with peaches.
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  • Peaches as symbolism. Peaches could be used in poetry to symbolize summer, sunshine, brightness, nature or other ideas.

Here is a poem using peaches:

the shoe maker,
was given peaches,
and did not see,
the humor

Artwork to inspire poetry: rose

Rose

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

waiting all winter
for you to return
counting the moons

 

P. S. This is the one hundredth “singular” artwork to inspire poetry on this blog. It is the one hundredth artwork to inspire poetry that isn’t in some way part of something else, such as a post series.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Eye

Eye

The above artwork is of an eye.  It can inspire poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • A person seeing something. It could be something good, like a momentous event, or something bad, like a crime.
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  • Blindness.
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  • The idea of someone seeing the poet. They could write what the observer sees and feels.  They could write about the impression the person has.
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  • Beauty (as in something that is subjective depending on the observer).
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  • Tiredness and eyes closing.
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  • The idea of looking into someone’s eyes. They could write about contemplation or about directness.

Artwork to inspire poetry: pieces of colored bell peppers

pieces of colored bell peppers

The above artwork is of pieces of colored bell peppers.  They are arranged with pieces of one pepper resting on the one before it.  There are two orange pieces, two red and two yellow.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • The pepper pieces are in a line. A poet could see this and be inspired to write about people in a line.  They could write about the interactions the people have and the waiting they do.  They could write about people waiting for something good or waiting for something bad.
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  • The pepper pieces are arranged in a pattern. A poet could see this and write a poem that had a pattern to it.  The pattern could be based on a number of form elements.
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  • In a way, the arrangement of pepper pieces was built. A poet could think of this and write about the building of something.  They could write about the pieces that went into the something.