Artwork to inspire poetry: magenta leaf

magenta leaf

Above is an artwork of a magenta leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it.

yellow leaf
from the ground
drawn
with a colored pencil

fall is coming

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Artwork to inspire poetry: a tiny frog behind rosemary artwork

a tiny frog behind rosemary artwork

Above is an artwork of a tiny frog behind rosemary.  It is based off of the photograph to inspire poetry: a tiny frog behind rosemary.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

the frog
didn’t have thyme
so it picked rosemary

A photograph to inspire poetry: green grasshopper

green grasshopper

Above is a photograph of a green grasshopper.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The designation of a beginner as a “grasshopper”. This idea, for example, is applied to martial arts, where a teacher might refer to a student as “grasshopper”.  It implies the student is a novice.
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  • Standing out. This green grasshopper stands out against the white wall.  The idea of standing out could be applied to a number of circumstances.
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  • The color green. Being green can imply a person is either envious or ill.  This idea could be used in poetry.  Similarly, the color green is the color of some types of money.  This idea could also be used in poetry.
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  • Naming. A grasshopper is named a “grasshopper” because it hops in the grass.  This idea of naming something from what it does could be applied to poetry.  An example idea might be last names that imply professions (e.g. Baker, Carpenter, or Smith).  This notion could be used in poetry.

Here is an example poem inspired by the photograph:

well done grasshopper
but there is further to climb
freshman year is done

A photograph to inspire poetry: black wasp with yellow markings

black wasp with yellow markings

Above is a photograph of a black wasp with yellow markings.  It is on a fig leaf.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

the tasty figs
they seem for you
but this dark day
you’ll surely rue

beware the sting
of what you see
reach for the fig
and stung you’ll be

Artwork to inspire poetry: cicada shell

cicada shell

Above is an artwork of a cicada shell.  It can inspire poetry.

A cicada shell shows what is left behind after a transition.  This idea can be applied to many situations for poetry.

For example, a poet could write about a toy a child stops playing with after they get older.  Another example might be a car a person trades in after they have children.  There are other examples as well.

The basic idea could be to write about something a person leaves behind as they transition from one state in life to another.  This notion could be viewed from different perspectives depending on the idea the poet wanted to get across.

Here is an example poem:

walking past
the vending machine

day one of the diet