A photograph to inspire poetry: budding grape leaf

budding grape leaf

Above is a photograph of a budding grape leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

it’s opening day
will anyone stop over?
there are good dolmas …

Poetry topic idea: gossip

Today’s poetry topic idea is gossip.  There are different ways a poet could use gossip in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • People gossiping about the poet. They could write about what they could say, how they would say it, and what the poet would feel.
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  • People gossiping about some third person. A poet could write about people gossiping about someone other than the poet.  Again, they could write what they could say, how they would say it, and what the person they are talking about would feel.
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  • The effects of gossip.
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  • Celebrity gossip. A poet could write about this from different perspectives.  They could write about celebrities, the gossipers, and the people consuming the gossip.
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  • The truth or falseness of gossip.
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  • Themselves gossiping. A poet could write a poem where they gossip.  Rather than doing harmful gossip though, the poet could focus on the effects of their gossip.  They could view it remorsefully.
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  • Nonhuman objects or beings gossiping. A poet could write a poem where animals gossip.  They could write a poem where objects gossips (e.g. the romance book on a shelf gossiping about a science fiction book on another shelf).

Here is an example poem using the idea of gossip:

Did you hear about Ham?

 What?

He dumped Cheddar for Swiss.

 No way!

That’s not all,
last week,
he was seen with Colby.

 Wait,
 wasn’t Colby,
 with Turkey?

A photograph to inspire poetry: caterpillar eating a grape leaf

caterpillar eating a grape leaf

Above is a photograph of a caterpillar eating a grape leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Gardening and gardening pests.
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  • Eating.
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  • Veganism.
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  • A time before a change (the caterpillar will turn into a butterfly, moth, or something similar at some point).
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  • Damage.
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  • Perspective. From the perspective of someone growing grapes, the caterpillar is doing something bad.  From the caterpillar’s perspective, it is doing something good.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

Grape leaves,
are delicious –

stuffed with meat,
and rice,
and spices,
and simmered for a couple of hours.

(Don’t forget,
the lemon juice,
salt,
and butter,
at the end.)

Artwork to inspire poetry: mussels, shrimp, and crayfish

mussels, shrimp, and crayfish

The above artwork is of a cropped photograph of food.  It is of a cooked dish of mussels, shrimp, and crayfish.  It also has tomatoes and colored bell peppers.  It is seasoned with lime juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, celery seed, and paprika.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is poem inspired by it:

all mixed together,
tasty shellfish,
it was so good

Artwork to inspire poetry: plantains

plantains

The artwork above is a food artwork.  It is of cooked plantains.  The plantains were sliced and cooked in a butter alternative.  When they were nearing being done, brown sugar, honey and lemon juice were added.  The plantains were cooked a bit more and then served.  Although this food is not vegan in the sense that honey (and possibly sugar) are not vegan, it does not contain any meat or dairy.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Places where plantains grow. A poet could look up the regions of the world where plantains grow and write about those places.  A poet could learn and write about what plantain farms are like and about those who work there.
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  • Cooking plantains. A poet could write about a meal being prepared with plantains as a side dish or a desert.
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  • The colors in the food. This dish contains yellows, golds, oranges and browns.  A poet could write a poem with those colors and use them symbolically in poetry.
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  • Sweet vs. savory as a metaphor. This dish is sweet.  The plantains were ripe and brown sugar and honey were used.  Plantains can also be cooked as a savory item.  They can be fried and sprinkled with salt.  A poet could see this contrast and use it as a metaphor for other things.
     
    There are a number of experiences and situations that could be one way or another depending on circumstances.  A poet could write about these situations and examine the ways they could differ.  A poet might include different versions of the same situation in the same poem.