Artwork to inspire poetry: Hand holding an apple

Hand holding an apple

Above is an artwork of a hand holding an apple.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Picking fruit. A poet could examine things like an individual picking fruit from their own tree, or they could look at something like farm labor.
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  • A person handing a piece of fruit to someone else. This idea could be applied to many contexts.  As an example, a poet could write about someone handing someone else a piece of fruit at a food pantry.
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  • Someone looking at an apple. A poet could examine different things the person might be thinking about.  An example might be the color of the apple reminds the person of something.
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  • A person about to do something with an apple. They might be making an apple pie or they might be turning it into juice.
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  • A person with a disability. An example might be writing about a person that has trouble using their hand, and holding things, like an apple, might be part of the therapy they are going through.  As another example, a poet might write about a person who lost the use of their hand and finally regained the ability to hold something, like an apple.  A poet could write about that moment.

Here is an example poem:

After staring at the apple,
for ten minutes,
he gave up.

Telekinesis,
looks so easy,
in the movies.

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Artwork to inspire poetry: an arm with a hand holding a piece of paper

an arm with a hand holding a piece of paper

Above is an artwork of an arm with a hand holding a piece of paper.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Reading the notice,
to the group standing by,
their last of work,
would be Thursday.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Plate with a butternut squash, two turnips, and two jalapeños

Plate with a butternut squash, two turnips and two jalapenos

Above is an artwork of a plate with a butternut squash, two turnips, and two jalapeños.  It is a play on the idea of the classic bowl of fruit still life.

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

Just because they’re different,
doesn’t mean,
they can’t be friends.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Five minute leaf

Five minute leaf

Above is an artwork of a leaf.  The original drawing was done in five minutes.  After that the artwork was scanned, cropped, and around it was cleaned up slightly.  Part of the idea behind the artwork, was to see what would be made with a time constraint.

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

In five minutes,
the leaf unfurled,
spring

Artwork to inspire poetry: red leaf

red leaf

Above is an artwork of a red leaf.  It is based off of the photograph from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: red leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The season of fall.
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  • Something generally changing color.
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  • Something red represented by the leaf.
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  • Death.
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  • Something leaving before something takes its place.
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  • Transition.