A photograph to inspire poetry: black wasp with yellow markings

black wasp with yellow markings

Above is a photograph of a black wasp with yellow markings.  It is on a fig leaf.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

the tasty figs
they seem for you
but this dark day
you’ll surely rue

beware the sting
of what you see
reach for the fig
and stung you’ll be

A photograph to inspire poetry: a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

Above is a photograph of a black and red insect on a citrus leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Predators and prey. This insect may be hunting something.  Presumably, something could be hunting it.  A poet could write about this relationship.
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  • Uniforms. The insect is black and red.  A poet could write about a group with black and red uniforms.  They could create a story around the idea and have it in a poem.
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  • Size. This insect is very small.  It is about the size of a pencil tip.  A poet could write about size and things that are very small.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

In his black and red uniform,
he came on to the rugby field.

Alone he stood,
just with his shadow,
and saw all those,
who would soon play.

Alone he stood,
in the silence,
and heard the sounds,
of the game.

Artwork to inspire poetry: black and white flowers

Black and white flowers

This artwork is of black and white flowers.  Originally, it was made using multiple colored pencils.  It was then scanned and computer altered to give the affect shown.  There are some interesting ideas in this artwork that can inspire poetry.

One idea is the idea of incompleteness.  This artwork has an incomplete quality to it.  There are no colors besides black and white.  It is missing those other colors.  Also, parts of it are grainy.  They are not complete.  This idea could inspire poetry that includes this idea.  Using the idea of black and white flowers a poet could, for example, write a poem that shows incomplete scenes of a funeral.  Giving only so much information, could add to the effect.

Another idea is the idea of being black and white.  Only two contrasting colors are shown.  There is a certain minimalism to it.  This idea could transfer to poetry.  A poet could take something complex, but only focus on two contrasting ideas about it, while leaving other details out.  For example, a poet could write about a baby being born.  They could focus on the two contrasting ideas of before and after birth.  The poem could look at those ideas singularly.  It could view them in a minimal way.

A third idea, is obviously the idea of flowers.  There are many poem ideas that can come from flowers.

A fourth idea is the idea that these flowers are weeds.  They are not cultivated flowers.  This is possibly different from other artworks of flowers.  This idea of focusing on something that is considered by some to be less or bad could be used in poetry.