Artwork to inspire poetry: magenta leaf

magenta leaf

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

yellow leaf
from the ground
with a colored pencil

fall is coming

Artwork to inspire poetry: sliced apple

sliced apple

Above is an artwork of a sliced apple.  Although it looks like a drawing, it is actually a photograph with a computer effect applied.

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

waiting in line
some were anxious to go
others anxious to leave

Artwork to inspire poetry: Other squash

Other squash
Above is an artwork of a squash.  It is called Other squash, because there is already an artwork called Squash on the blog (although it is a different one).  This artwork is based off of the photograph from the post A photograph to inspire poetry: Squash.

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

  • The game of squash.

  • Squashing something.

  • Squash in recipes.

  • Growing fruits and vegetables.


Here is an example poem using squash:

His hopes were squashed:

 Dear applicant,

 We thank you for applying …

Artwork to inspire poetry: cicada shell

cicada shell

Above is an artwork of a cicada shell.  It can inspire poetry.

A cicada shell shows what is left behind after a transition.  This idea can be applied to many situations for poetry.

For example, a poet could write about a toy a child stops playing with after they get older.  Another example might be a car a person trades in after they have children.  There are other examples as well.

The basic idea could be to write about something a person leaves behind as they transition from one state in life to another.  This notion could be viewed from different perspectives depending on the idea the poet wanted to get across.

Here is an example poem:

walking past
the vending machine

day one of the diet