A photograph to inspire poetry: a small lemon that dropped from a tree

a small lemon that dropped from a tree

Above is a photograph of a small lemon that dropped from a tree.  The lemon is about the size of a penny.  It was months away from being full size when it fell.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  The general idea of something ending before it reaches its potential, could be applied to many different situations.

Here is an example poem that uses the idea:

they had three dates,
that went very well,
but she got the job offer,
and moved away

A photograph to inspire poetry: Don’t judge by appearances

Don't judge by appearances

Don’t judge by appearances.  The photograph above might at first appear to be a photograph of a snake.  In reality though, it is a photograph of a salamander.   In the photograph, the legs either can’t be seen or can’t be seen clearly.

This photograph can inspire poetry, but it also can teach a lesson: don’t judge by appearances.  Just because something or someone appears a certain way, doesn’t mean they are that way.  (As a note, using the contrast between a snake and salamander, isn’t meant to imply snakes are bad.  It is just meant to show that relying on an initial appearance can lead to a mistake.)

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

she looked at his suit
as he walked in the office
and decided then
he wouldn’t get the job

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.

Bilingual Poem: Networking and Cronyism

Networking:

You,
get the job you want,
at a company,
because you have,
a friend there.

Cronyism:

Someone else,
gets the job you want,
at a company,
because they have,
a friend there.

 

Asociando:

Usted,
encuentra el trabajo quiere,
en una compañía,
porque tiene,
un amigo ahí.

Compinche:

Alguien otro,
encuentra el trabajo quiere,
en una compañía,
porque tienen,
un amigo ahí.