A photograph to inspire poetry: opening loquat flowers

opening loquat flowers

Above is a photograph of opening loquat flowers.  The final flower looks very different than the beginning and middle stages.  This idea can inspire poetry.  Here is an example poem:

drawing an outline
 according to the instructions
 this will look like a flower
 complete with shading and detail
 when this is done

Artwork to inspire poetry: West Indian Lantana

West Indian Lantana

Above is an artwork of a plant called West Indian Lantana.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

bringing the bouquet
to the door
wondering if
they should have been roses

A photograph to inspire poetry: wallflowers

wallflowers

Above is a photograph of flowers in front of a wall, or wallflowers.  Wallflowers can be an interesting poetry topic.  A poet could write about: parties, mingling, shyness, introversion, extroversion, talking, dancing, and other ideas.  A poet could explore the concept of being a wallflower and what it means, how it is perceived, and how they believe it should be perceived.

Here is an example poem using the idea of wallflowers:

sitting there
by the wall
looking out
with self-conscious eyes

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A photograph to inspire poetry: plants with yellow and orange flowers

plants with yellow and orange flowers

Above is a photograph of plants with yellow and orange flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include poems about:

  • The sun. The flowers look like the sun with a central part with yellow radiating out.  A poet could write poetry about the sun.  They might write science fiction poetry about multiple suns.
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  • These flowers look happy.  They are bright and open.  A poet could write poetry related to bright, open happiness.
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  • The flowers are in a group.  A poet could write about a group of people and relate them to the flowers.

 

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

There is one sun,
but really two.

In the north,
the summer ends,
and fall is near.

In the south,
the winter ends,
and spring is near.

Up in the sky,
there is but one,
but upon the earth,
two circle above.

Though time is the same,
as the two suns circle,
time goes,
in opposite paths.

Poetry topic idea: butterflies

Today’s poetry topic idea is butterflies.  Butterflies can make an interesting poetry topic idea.  Butterflies come in many colors, their colors have many patterns, they have many different names, they go through a transformation, they are associated with flowers, some types trick creatures with their colors and patterns, some types use their colors and patterns for camouflage, they are considered a “nice” insect by some, people study them, some of them migrate, and they are prey for some creatures.  All of these things and others make butterflies interesting for poetry.

Here is a poem inspired by butterflies:

the flower stood,
upon the stem’s end,
then flew away,
leaving another flower,
behind

A photograph to inspire poetry: two light purple and white flowers

two light purple and white flowers

Above is a photograph of two light purple and white flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Pairs. These flowers form a pair and a poet could be inspired to write about other kinds of pairs.
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  • Cooperation and competition. Depending on perspective, these two flowers could be seen as cooperating with each other or competing against each other.  They could be cooperating, in that because there is more color in the area than if there was only one flower, they are more likely to attract pollinators.  They could be competing in that they are competing for pollinators.  A poet could write about either of these ideas or a situation where both exist.
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  • Not talking. The two flowers are not facing each other.  This could remind a poet of two people who are not talking to each other.  A poet could write a poem about this.

Below is a poem inspired by this photograph.  It uses the experimental poetry form four by four.

After bee told one,
what butterfly had said,
the other had said,
neither spoke a word.

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