A photograph to inspire poetry: a white flower

a white flower

Above is a photograph of a white flower.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

with six,
and also,

with five,
but also,

with none,
but also,


A photograph to inspire poetry: Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Above is a photograph of a flower that might be called Rose of Sharon.  It can inspire poetry.  For example, a poet might write about:

  • Some sort of occasion with yellow flowers.

  • The change of colors from the outside to the in: Yellow, Red, Yellow, Brown.

  • Something to do with the possible name of the plant.

  • A comparison between the yellow flower and the sun.


Here is an example poem inspire by the photograph:

Shadows fall,
on the yellow hills,
as fires burn,
within the valley,
and the last tree stands,

Artwork to inspire poetry: blueish flower

blueish flower

This artwork is a blueish flower.  This kind of flower has been on the blog before.  This particular artwork is an altered photograph.  A few steps were taken to turn the original photograph into the artwork here, however, they were fairly simple.

Here is a poem inspired by this artwork:

Lying in the grass,
the dog sniffed tilting its head,
she ate her first peach


P.S.  M. Sakran is currently accepting poems for consideration.  A poem sent in has an opportunity to be published on this blog.  See the Considerations page for more information.

Artwork to inspire poetry: The purple flower

The purple flower

On September 2, 2014, there was a photograph to inspire poetry called The purple flower in a blog post.  This artwork is of that flower.

This artwork could inspire poetry in different ways.  For example, a poet could write a poem where someone picks flowers.  The poem could be positive (e.g. a child picking flowers for their mother) or negative (e.g. a child picking flowers for their mother’s grave (which is negative in a sense)).  The poem could be consistent (i.e. the flower picking is what it seems) or inconsistent (i.e. the flower picking isn’t what it seems.  For example, a poet could start a poem with imagery of flowers being picked and end with a reality of a bulldozer going over a field).  The poem could focus on the flowers, or have the flowers be something that adds to a larger idea.

A photograph to inspire poetry: A flower with leaves

A flower with leaves

This is a photograph of a flower.  There are a couple of interesting aspects here.  First, the flower’s petals (presumably those are what the pink items are) are separated, they are not close together, as would be seen in something like a rose.  Second, the leaves on the plant are a mixture of red and green.  This is different from plants that generally have green leaves.

This photograph can inspire poetry from its interesting aspects.  Some ideas include:

  • A Christmas poem, as inspired by the red and green leaves
  • A poem about being different, as inspired by either the leaves or the petals
  • A poem about things that are separated, but not necessarily in a negative sense, as inspired by the petals

Bilingual Poem: Butterflies

the butterflies land,
on flower petals,
and seem like them

los mariposas se posan,
en pétalos de flores,
y parecen parecida les


As a note, as mentioned previously, M. Sakran is not bilingual.  Therefore, it is possible that some mistakes are made in translating the English poems into Spanish.  Please forgive any mistakes that are made.

P.S. Tomorrow, M. Sakran is scheduled to have a haiku published on Pure Haiku.  Also, M. Sakran has a poem pending publication with The Corner Club Press.