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.

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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: Forelle pear

Forelle pear

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

  • Pears. A poet could go in the obvious direction and write about the fruit.
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  • Pairs. A poet could go in the direction of a play on words.
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  • Lack of detail. This artwork lacks detail.  A poet could apply the idea of lack of detail to situations in life and use that in poetry.
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  • Something using words that rhyme with pear. A number of words rhyme with pear and a poet could write a poem using those rhyming words.  Some of the words that rhyme with pear are: bear, care, chair, dare, fair, fare, flare, glare, hair, hare, mare, pair, pare, rare, stair, stare, tare, tear, wear, and ware.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

each day
the picture of her
faded more
within his mind

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.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Lizard

Lizard

Above is an artwork of a lizard.  It can inspire poetry.  One idea is that a poet could write about the idea of someone or something trying to appear tougher or stronger than they are.

The lizard in this artwork is inflating its neck which has bright colors.  This makes the lizard look larger and possibly more imposing to predators or other lizards.  The display though, has nothing to do with the actual toughness of the lizard.  The inflated neck has nothing to do with the lizard’s strength, other than possibly indicating some level of its health.  It is just for show.

A poet could apply this idea to people.  They could apply it to physical confrontations, for example where one person thinks they may have to fight another person, and so they try to appear tougher than they are to scare their opponent off.  They could also apply it to business, political or social situations.  There are many instances where one party to something may be in conflict or have dealings with another party, and it can be to the first party’s advantage to appear stronger than they are.  Sometimes the illusion of strength can be advantageous in a situation.

He is a poem inspired by this artwork:

When they called
to schedule
the job interview
he paused a moment
to check his imaginary calendar
before letting them know
when he would be available.