Artwork to inspire poetry: Hand holding an apple

Hand holding an apple

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

  • Picking fruit. A poet could examine things like an individual picking fruit from their own tree, or they could look at something like farm labor.
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  • A person handing a piece of fruit to someone else. This idea could be applied to many contexts.  As an example, a poet could write about someone handing someone else a piece of fruit at a food pantry.
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  • Someone looking at an apple. A poet could examine different things the person might be thinking about.  An example might be the color of the apple reminds the person of something.
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  • A person about to do something with an apple. They might be making an apple pie or they might be turning it into juice.
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  • A person with a disability. An example might be writing about a person that has trouble using their hand, and holding things, like an apple, might be part of the therapy they are going through.  As another example, a poet might write about a person who lost the use of their hand and finally regained the ability to hold something, like an apple.  A poet could write about that moment.

Here is an example poem:

After staring at the apple,
for ten minutes,
he gave up.

Telekinesis,
looks so easy,
in the movies.

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Artwork to inspire poetry: an arm with a hand holding a piece of paper

an arm with a hand holding a piece of paper

Above is an artwork of an arm with a hand holding a piece of paper.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Reading the notice,
to the group standing by,
their last of work,
would be Thursday.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Heart of stone

heart of stone

Above is a photograph of a stone in the shape of a heart.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

your heart of stone,
will not hear the tone,
of pleading words,
and imploring sounds

 

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A photograph to inspire poetry: a gnat on a mirror

gnat on a mirror

Above is a photograph of a gnat on a mirror.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

think of this,
you know your face,
you’ve seen it thousands of times,
and yet,
you’ve never seen it directly,
you’ve never seen it just with your eyes,
the way you’ve seen your hand,
or your foot,
you’ve only seen it,
indirectly,
through a reflection,
through light that bounced back,
through some type of transfer,
through some type of transformation

despite its closeness,
there is a distance

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.)