A photograph to inspire poetry: Insect nest

Insect nest

This is a photograph of what appears to be an insect’s nest.  It may be a nest of something like a hornet or something similar.

This photograph can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  One idea would be the ideas of protection and shelter.  This nest presumably provides both, and those ideas could be used in a poem.  For example, a poet could write about finding shelter in the rain or about the idea of finding a place to feel protected.

Another idea that could be inspired by this photograph is the idea of construction.  This nest was constructed, and the idea of construction could be used in a poem.  Since the nest was built using natural materials (all be it, on a manmade wall) a poet might decide to write about a structure built with natural materials.  This could range from the idea of a temporary shelter in the woods, to a modern home built with natural materials incorporated.

Another idea that could be inspired by this photograph is the idea of vulnerability.  This nest is on a wall.  It could be easily damaged by rain, animals or human beings.  The idea of vulnerability could be used in a poem.  For example, using the ideas of protection, shelter and construction from above combined, a poet could write about someone building a shelter in the woods, for example when they are lost.  The poem could describe the construction of the shelter for the purpose of protection and have allusions to the vulnerability that the person has and feels.

Poetry topic idea: Mosquitoes

When examining mosquitoes as a poetry topic idea, there are a number of ideas that could be focused on.  Examples include: flight, insects, disease, pesticides, insect repellents, water, blood, inching, infection, swamps, summer, humidity and animals.  There are also other ideas that could be focused on.

When writing a poem about mosquitoes they can be focused on directly, for example, by using the ideas above, or, like many other subjects, mosquitoes can be used as inspiration or as a metaphor for something else.

One interesting inspiration that comes from mosquitoes is the idea that they are nuisances: mosquitoes bother the creatures that they bite.  This nuisance, however, is not the intention of mosquitoes.  Mosquitoes are seeking food; the annoyance that comes from this is not intended by mosquitoes in a direct way.

This idea can lead to the inspiration to write poetry about similar situations: situations in which some nuisance is caused, but the nuisance is a side effect of another activity, and is not specifically intended.

One specific example of this type of situation, which could be used as a poetry topic, is noise caused by construction.  The noise that comes from construction can feel like a nuisance to those that hear it, but the nuisance is unintentional – it is a side effect from the activity of construction.  A poet could focus on this idea and, for example, show the different perspectives in the situation: the point of view of those making the noise and the point of view of those hearing it.

This construction example is one example of how mosquitoes can inspire poetry.  There are other types of inspiration as well.

Please feel free to use this poetry topic idea to help write a poem.