Above is an artwork of a Forelle pear. It can inspire poetry. A poet could write about:
- Pears. A poet could go in the obvious direction and write about the fruit.
- Pairs. A poet could go in the direction of a play on words.
- Lack of detail. This artwork lacks detail. A poet could apply the idea of lack of detail to situations in life and use that in poetry.
- Something using words that rhyme with pear. A number of words rhyme with pear and a poet could write a poem using those rhyming words. Some of the words that rhyme with pear are: bear, care, chair, dare, fair, fare, flare, glare, hair, hare, mare, pair, pare, rare, stair, stare, tare, tear, wear, and ware.
Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:
the picture of her
within his mind
Above is an artwork of a lizard. It can inspire poetry. One idea is that a poet could write about the idea of someone or something trying to appear tougher or stronger than they are.
The lizard in this artwork is inflating its neck which has bright colors. This makes the lizard look larger and possibly more imposing to predators or other lizards. The display though, has nothing to do with the actual toughness of the lizard. The inflated neck has nothing to do with the lizard’s strength, other than possibly indicating some level of its health. It is just for show.
A poet could apply this idea to people. They could apply it to physical confrontations, for example where one person thinks they may have to fight another person, and so they try to appear tougher than they are to scare their opponent off. They could also apply it to business, political or social situations. There are many instances where one party to something may be in conflict or have dealings with another party, and it can be to the first party’s advantage to appear stronger than they are. Sometimes the illusion of strength can be advantageous in a situation.
He is a poem inspired by this artwork:
When they called
the job interview
he paused a moment
to check his imaginary calendar
before letting them know
when he would be available.
Above is an artwork of a tomato. It is based off of the tomato in the May 23, 2018 blog post. This artwork can inspire poetry. Here is a poem inspired by it:
they grabbed the stone fruit
and were unfulfilled
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.
- 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.
- 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,
And then one day,
in the wind,
they blew away,
and the tree was bare.
The drought was in,
its hundredth day.
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.
- Cooking plantains. A poet could write about a meal being prepared with plantains as a side dish or a desert.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Vulnerability. A poet could think about how vulnerable mosquitos are and apply the idea metaphorically to different situations.
Here is an example poem:
long sleeve shirt,
middle of summer,
armor for gardening.
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.
- The idea of pieces. A poet could focus on pieces of something, either physical or pieces of an idea.
- 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,
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.
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.
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.
- Cooked items with peaches. A poet could write about peach pie, peach ice cream, peach preserves, peach cobbler or other cooked foods with peaches.
- 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,
Above is an artwork of the moon. It can inspire poetry. Here is a poem inspired by it:
and with two fingers,
grabbing the moon,
dropping it into the drink,
and hearing it clink,
with the ice cubes