Artwork to inspire poetry: loquat fruit

loquat fruit

Above is a cropped photograph of loquat fruit.  It is an artwork because the fruit were put in something (as opposed, for example, to being on the tree) and because the photograph was cropped.

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

during the night
they came
birds and insects
eating the fruit
of the loquat tree

the person came out
the next morning
and saw some fruit missing
some half eaten
and some damaged

and they smiled
as this was their intention
when planting the tree

Artwork to inspire poetry: hand holding a pear

hand holding a pear

Above is an artwork of a hand holding a pear.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Focus. In the artwork, the hand is black and white and the pear is in color.  This might make the pear the focus of the artwork.  A poet could write about the idea of focus.  They could write about how people focus on one thing or another in different situations.  They could write about the implications of this.

  • Movement. The hand in the artwork is holding the pear by the stem.  It is almost as if the hand is taking it from somewhere or putting it somewhere.  A poet could write about this idea of movement and apply it to different things.

  • Ornaments. In some way, the hand appears to be holding the pear the way a person might be holding a Christmas ornament.  It is as if the pear is going to be placed on a Christmas tree.  A poet could use this idea in poetry.

  • Being pear-shaped. Some people consider themselves to have a pear shape.  The hand holding the pear could be used to metaphorically relate to this.  For example, if a person did not like their pear shape and they wanted to change it, they could interpret the artwork as meaning that changing their pear shape is in their hands.  Different ideas could be used as well.

Here is an example poem inspired by the artwork:

the three year old
stood by the wall
as everyone laughed and played
with the new baby

Artwork to inspire poetry: Persimmon


Above is an artwork of a persimmon.  As today is Halloween, it seemed appropriate to have an orange colored produce item as the subject of the artwork.  Rather than going with the traditional pumpkin, a persimmon was chosen instead.

Some poetry ideas that can come from this artwork are:

  • Poems about persimmons. While a fruit might not seem to be a significant topic for a poem, it can be worked into many poems as an object that ties ideas together.  Think of a poem about someone who has died.  A poet could write about a gathering after the funeral where persimmons are in a bowl.  The fruit could be used as a vehicle to examine different subjects.

  • Poems about difference from expectations. This persimmon is not a pumpkin.  It is different from what might be expected.  A poet could use the difference from expectations in poetry.

  • Poems about something new. Maybe some readers may have never tried a persimmon.  This idea of something new could be used in poetry.  A poet could write about a new experience.

Here is a poem inspired by this artwork:

trying to carve a persimmon,
would probably be really hard,
stick to pumpkins

Artwork to inspire poetry: three fruit

Three fruit

This is an artwork of three fruit.  It is of a mandarin orange, on top of a banana, on top of a mango.  The idea was to have a little twist on the standard fruit still life.  The artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and was then computer altered.

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

Great heights can be reached,
standing on the shoulders of others –

just make sure,
you get their permission first,
it could sort of be awkward.


Artwork to inspire poetry: Pomegranate stem

Pomegranate stem

This artwork is of a pomegranate stem.  It was originally made with colored pencils and then computer altered.  Here’s a tanka inspired by the artwork:

as leaves bud outward,
the hope of fruit grows as well,
in the winter light,
in the blueness of dawn’s light,
the roadside stand is arranged


Post Series: The Citrus Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Acrostic matching and rhyming

In the Citrus Series post on June 16th, it was mentioned in the explanation of the poem, that one reason a sonnet was chosen for part of the poem, was that a sonnet did not have repeating lines.  The idea was, that given that the poem was an acrostic poem using the phrase “Unripe Citrus Fruit”, that a poetry form, such as a triolet, would not fit, because the repeats would not match the acrostic characteristic of the poem.  It was mentioned that, to have a repeating poem match the acrostic nature of the poem, that an experimental poetry form would need to be used.  That is the basis of this experimental poetry form.

The general structure of the experimental poetry form consists of three aspects:

  1. It is an acrostic poem of a short phrase.
  2. The letters in the phrase that match, correspond to matching sets of lines in the poem.
  3. The group of letters that appear only once in the phrase, are rhyming lines in the poem.

As an illustration, here is how the form applies to the phrase “Unripe Citrus Fruit”:

  • The poem is an acrostic poem of the phrase “Unripe Citrus Fruit”
  • The first, eleventh, and fifteenth lines of the poem are the same
  • The fourth, eighth, and sixteenth lines of the poem are the same
  • The third, tenth, and fourteenth lines of the poem are the same
  • The ninth and seventeenth lines of the poem are the same
  • The second, fifth, sixth, seventh, twelve, and thirteenth lines of the poem rhyme

The matching sets of lines, match the matching letters in the phrase “Unripe Citrus Fruit”.  For example, the “U” lines match.  The letters in the phrase that only appear once, such as “N”, are the rhyming lines.

This is a specific example of the general experimental poetry form.  Its use would vary depending on the starting phrase.

Here is an example poem, in the form, using the phrase “Unripe Citrus Fruit” and inspired by the photograph of the series:

Underneath the sun,
next to leaves that are green,
reclining behind a leaf,
it seems to rest.

  Perhaps it seeks to glean,
  enchantment from what is seen,
  content as it does lean.

It seems to rest,
there where it is,
reclining behind a leaf,
underneath the sun.

Seeking what rest does mean,
finding no need to preen,
  reclining behind a leaf,
  underneath the sun,
it seems to rest,
there where it is.


P.S.  Today on, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.  As mentioned before, the photograph, artwork and fiction can inspire poetry, and the poem there can be read.