A photograph to inspire poetry: purple spiny flowers

purple spiny flowers

Above is a photograph of purple spiny flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • This plant is a weed, yet still looks nice. A poet could notice that, and see symbolism for a poem.

  • The flowers have what seem to be spiny petals, but they don’t look firm or sharp. This idea of something looking potential damaging, and yet possibly not being damaging, could be used in poetry.

  • A poet could write about someone receiving or giving purple flowers.

  • The look of the flowers must serve some purpose. For example, they might attract a certain kind of insect or catch pollen in the wind.  A poet could write about the structure of something having a purpose.  “Structure” could be thought of broadly and applied to many things.

A photograph to inspire poetry: cone shaped flowers

cone shaped flowers

Above is a photograph of cone shaped flowers (their name is unknown to M. Sakran).  It can inspire poetry.  For example, a poet could write about:

  • Three people, one an adult and two children.

  • The idea of going from muted to bright, as inspired by the color change of the central flower.

  • The idea of being different, inspired by the idea that these three flowers don’t have a “typical” flower shape.

  • Something to do with cones, for example ice cream cones or traffic cones.

As an example, here is a poem inspired by this photograph:

Is standing out,
something good,
or something bad?

The adages,
either way,
have been heard.

in reality,
things are not adages,
there is,
in fact,
in reality,

To stand out,
amongst the others,
is something whose effect,
is clear.

One will know,
when they find themselves,
standing in the rain,
or in the sun.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Dragonfly syllable stresses

Dragonfly is a three syllable word with a stress pattern of: high, low, medium.  This idea is used here to make an experimental poetry form.

The form is ten lines.  Each line has three syllables.  Those syllables follow the same stress pattern as dragonfly.  Ideally the poem should make sense as it flows.

Here is an example poem:











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.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Pea flowers

Pea Flowers

This is a photograph of pea flowers.  When thinking of a pea plant, a person may not focus on the flowers.  It may be more usual to focus on the plants as a whole or the peas.  The flowers could possibly be seen as just a stage before the peas and not be seen as having any significance themselves.  This photograph however, focuses on the flowers.

One way this photograph can inspire poetry, is by inspiring a poet to look for the overlooked in something.  For example, a poet might see a photograph of a wedding party.  Rather than focusing on the bride or groom, their family or guests, a poet might choose to focus on one of the wait staff in the background.  This might provide a new perspective.  This same idea could apply to many situations.