A photograph to inspire poetry: green dragonfly on a banana leaf

green dragonfly on a banana leaf

Above is a photograph of a green dragonfly on a banana leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of a person matching their surrounds. This matching could mean in terms of culture, personality, appearance or something else.  The idea is that a poet could relate a person to a place in the same way that this dragonfly relates to the banana leaf.
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  • The idea of appearance not matching reality. In this case, the dragonfly has thin translucent wings.  It almost seems as though they should not work for flying.  Despite this though, they do work.  A poet could translate this idea to people.  They could write about a person whose appearance, as perceived by others, does not match their abilities.
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  • The idea of names. The dragonfly and the banana leaf both have descriptive names.  There is a dragon-fly and there is a banana-leaf.  A poet could write about names.  They could write about how a name describes a person, thing or place and how that name is perceived by others and by the person or thing (if aware) that has it.  A poet could write about the impact of names.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

By choice,
or by chance,
in sunlight,
and shadows,
everything,
aligned.

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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: banana slices

banana slices

This is an artwork of three banana slices stacked together.  It was done with a gray colored pencil, then scanned, and then computer altered.

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

  • The idea of achievement. These banana slices are not stacked straight up.  One rests against another, and another rests against both.  It is almost as if the banana slices were meant to be stacked straight up, but for some reason this was not done.  A poet could see this and use it as inspiration regarding the idea of not quite achieving something.
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  • The idea of nonconformity. Again, these banana slices could have been stacked straight up, but were not.  A poet could see this as a metaphor.
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  • The idea of haphazardness. These banana slices are stacked in a jumbled, haphazard manner, and a poet could see this and apply the idea to a situation in life.

Artwork to inspire poetry: three fruit

Three fruit

This is an artwork of three fruit.  It is of a mandarin orange, on top of a banana, on top of a mango.  The idea was to have a little twist on the standard fruit still life.  The artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and was then computer altered.

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

Great heights can be reached,
standing on the shoulders of others –

just make sure,
you get their permission first,
otherwise,
it could sort of be awkward.