A photograph to inspire poetry: a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

Above is a photograph of a black and red insect on a citrus leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Predators and prey. This insect may be hunting something.  Presumably, something could be hunting it.  A poet could write about this relationship.
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  • Uniforms. The insect is black and red.  A poet could write about a group with black and red uniforms.  They could create a story around the idea and have it in a poem.
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  • Size. This insect is very small.  It is about the size of a pencil tip.  A poet could write about size and things that are very small.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

In his black and red uniform,
he came on to the rugby field.

Alone he stood,
just with his shadow,
and saw all those,
who would soon play.

Alone he stood,
in the silence,
and heard the sounds,
of the game.

An important correction and A photograph to inspire poetry: Insect wrapped around part of an evergreen bush

Before the photograph part of this post, there is an important correction to make.  In the 1000th Day Blog Post, there are rules for considerations (poems sent in for consideration).  There is a very bad typo in rule #6.  The rule should say:

The poem must not contain foul language.

Please forgive the confusion and any misunderstanding.  It was just an accidental typographical error.

This does pose a small problem however.  Up until this point, no blog post on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things, has been altered past the date it was posted.  This policy has been in place for a variety reasons.  Although altering the post would seem to be the thing to do in this situation, there is some desire on M. Sakran’s part to keep the rule in place if possible.

With that in mind, for the rest of the duration of this consideration time period, please see the new Considerations page for information on how to send in a poem for consideration.  It has the same information about considerations as the 1000th Day blog post, just with the correction, a small edit and a different introductory part.

Thank you all and please forgive the error.

Now back to the photograph.

Insect wrapped around part of an evergreen bush

This is a photograph of an insect wrapped around a part of an evergreen bush.  There are a few poetry ideas that could come from this.

For example, a poet could write about the idea of wrapping around.  They could apply this idea to a comforting situation, for example, a person wrapping a blanket around themselves.  They could look at it more metaphorically, and write about a situation wrapping around someone.

Another idea that could come from this photograph, is the idea of holding on.  In this photograph, the insect is holding on to the bush.  The idea of holding on to something could be applied to many different types of situations and be used in poetry.

In another idea, a poet could be inspired to write about place.  This insect is in a very specific place – at the end of a part of an evergreen bush.  It is right there, near the tip.  The idea of a specific place could be applied to poetry.  A person could write about someone in some type of well-defined location.

 

A photograph to inspire poetry: Insect nest

Insect nest

This is a photograph of what appears to be an insect’s nest.  It may be a nest of something like a hornet or something similar.

This photograph can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  One idea would be the ideas of protection and shelter.  This nest presumably provides both, and those ideas could be used in a poem.  For example, a poet could write about finding shelter in the rain or about the idea of finding a place to feel protected.

Another idea that could be inspired by this photograph is the idea of construction.  This nest was constructed, and the idea of construction could be used in a poem.  Since the nest was built using natural materials (all be it, on a manmade wall) a poet might decide to write about a structure built with natural materials.  This could range from the idea of a temporary shelter in the woods, to a modern home built with natural materials incorporated.

Another idea that could be inspired by this photograph is the idea of vulnerability.  This nest is on a wall.  It could be easily damaged by rain, animals or human beings.  The idea of vulnerability could be used in a poem.  For example, using the ideas of protection, shelter and construction from above combined, a poet could write about someone building a shelter in the woods, for example when they are lost.  The poem could describe the construction of the shelter for the purpose of protection and have allusions to the vulnerability that the person has and feels.

A photograph to inspire poetry: The little orange bug

The little orange bug

Above is a photograph of a little orange bug on some leaves.  This photograph can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  One way that it can inspire poetry is through the idea of curiosity.

There is something curious about the bug.  It is unusual in shape and color.  It stands out against the leaves.  It moves in an unusual way.  What is the bug like?  What kind of bug is it?  What is it doing on the leaves?  Why is it orange?

The general curiousness of the bug, and the questions that in can raise, can be the inspiration for a poem.

Here is an example haiku:

The strange orange form,
walked with odd movement on leaves –
 from its near space ship?

This poem humorously reflects the curiousness of the bug, by questioning if it might be an alien.  This is one example of a poem that could be inspired by this photograph.

In addition to the idea of curiosity, there are other ideas and poetic inspirations that could be developed from this photograph of the little orange bug.