Artwork to inspire poetry: tired eye

tired eye

the day has been long,
the night has been long,
there’s been so little sleep,
the hours move so slowly,
relief will come,
but has not arrived,
the day has been long
the night has been long

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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.)

Artwork to inspire poetry: Plate with a butternut squash, two turnips, and two jalapeños

Plate with a butternut squash, two turnips and two jalapenos

Above is an artwork of a plate with a butternut squash, two turnips, and two jalapeños.  It is a play on the idea of the classic bowl of fruit still life.

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

Just because they’re different,
doesn’t mean,
they can’t be friends.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Five minute leaf

Five minute leaf

Above is an artwork of a leaf.  The original drawing was done in five minutes.  After that the artwork was scanned, cropped, and around it was cleaned up slightly.  Part of the idea behind the artwork, was to see what would be made with a time constraint.

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

In five minutes,
the leaf unfurled,
spring

A photograph to inspire poetry: a small caterpillar

a small caterpillar

Above is a photograph of a small caterpillar.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Bird 1: Do you think it’s poisonous?

Bird 2: Who knows?

Bird 1: You try it.

Bird 2: You try it.

Bird 1: Maybe berries would be better?

Bird 2: Berries sound good.

The birds fly away.

Caterpillar: Ha ha ha ha!!!