Artwork to inspire poetry: faded iris

faded iris

Above is an artwork of a faded iris.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could be inspired to write about:

  • Life fading. The iris is fading and a poet could relate this to a person who is dying.
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  • Rebirth. After the flower fades, there will be seeds (although an iris might more normally be grown from bulbs).  These seeds could be new plants.  This idea could be translated to rebirth and applied to other situations.
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  • Time. A flower fading shows the progression of time.  A poet could apply this idea to other things.  An example might be a building that deteriorates over time.
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  • Tired. A flower fading could be related to the idea of being tired or spent.  A poet could apply this idea to other situations.
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  • Losing vision. An iris, in addition to being a flower, is also a word that describes a part of the eye.  A poet could write about someone losing their vision.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

her breathing slowed

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A photograph to inspire poetry: light orange colored lily

light orange colored lily

Above is a photograph of a light orange colored lily.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Funeral flowers. Lilies are sometimes seen as funeral flowers. Although those might be white, a poet could write a poem where a person had light orange colored ones at their funeral.
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  • Sunsets. Light orange is a color that might be seen in sunsets.  The light shining might color things like flowers.  A poet could write about sunsets and how the light changes the color of things.
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  • Less than fullness. This flower is light orange.  It is not fully orange.  A poet could apply the idea of less than fullness to other things and use them in poetry.
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  • Gardens. A poet could write about gardens with lily flowers and other types of plants.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

these were planted
because you always
liked the scent

Artwork to inspire poetry: rose

Rose

Above is an artwork of a rose.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

waiting all winter
for you to return
counting the moons

 

P. S. This is the one hundredth “singular” artwork to inspire poetry on this blog. It is the one hundredth artwork to inspire poetry that isn’t in some way part of something else, such as a post series.

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.
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  • The change of colors from the outside to the in: Yellow, Red, Yellow, Brown.
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  • Something to do with the possible name of the plant.
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  • 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,
unmoving.

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.