Artwork to inspire poetry: Vegetables and shrimp with oyster sauce served over rice

Vegetables and shrimp with oyster sauce served over rice

Above is a photograph of mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and shrimp with oyster sauce served over rice.  It is food as art.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

There was supposed to be
couscous
for dinner
but someone said,
“Eat something else.”
Hmm …
What to do,
with the vegetables
and shrimp?

Artwork to inspire poetry: Shelter

Shelter

The above artwork is of a shelter.  The representation consists of two posts with a crossbeam that is tied with grass.  On the crossbeam, wood is laid.  On top of the wood are large leaves.  On top of the leaves are more wood.  It represents a shelter a person might make if they were lost in the woods.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet might write about, for example, the situation that led to a person having to make such a shelter.

Here is an example poem using the artwork:

all the time
he kept wondering
if civilization
were just over
the next hill

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Post Series: Advent: two pomegranates

two pomegranate

Above is an artwork of two pomegranates.  It is a photograph that was cropped, made black and white, and altered some.

The artwork shows two different sized pomegranates.  One is large and one is small.  This idea can be related to Christmas gifts and their perceived value.

Some gifts are perceived to have a large value, and other gifts a small value.  This perception can affect the person giving the gift and the person receiving the gift.

A poet could write about the contrast between gifts with a high perceived value and those with a low perceived value.  They could write about how the perception is created, how the gifts are given, how they are received, and if the perception is correct and what that means.

Here is an example poem:

in the house full of food
a fruitcake was delivered
and received
with the reception
that might be expected

in a moment
of thoughtless re-gifting
the fruitcake was brought
to one whose hunger was hidden
and it was received
with silent joy

Post Series: Advent: Artwork to inspire poetry: twelve acorns

twelve days

Above is an artwork of twelve acorns.  It is a photograph that was made black and white.

The twelve acorns represent the twelve days of Christmas.  Each acorn could potentially become a tree, symbolizing the potential of the twelve days.  The acorns are stacked in a Christmas tree type shape.

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

there can often be
great potential
in the little things

Post Series: Advent: Artwork to inspire poetry: wrapped Christmas present

wrapped Christmas present

Above is an artwork of a wrapped Christmas present.  It was done in a simple design using the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.  The artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

sometimes
a gift in a box
can change someone’s life
for the better
in a dramatic way

as you shop this season
look for these

if you can’t find one though
then forgo the box
and do for another
and help them in ways
that can’t be wrapped