A photograph to inspire poetry: single red leaf

single red leaf

Above is a photograph of a single red leaf.  It is on a vine that is on an oak tree.  Although the image is bright, it has a somewhat darker idea underneath.

The leaf is red, not because red is bright nice color, but rather because the leaf is dying in the winter.  The vine is losing it leaves.

Additionally, the vine is using the oak tree.  Although the vine benefits from the structure of the tree, it is to the detriment of the tree.

This idea, of something that seems bright in meaning having a darker underside, can inspire poetry.  Here is an example poem:

getting ready
for the party
he put on
his knight costume
little did he know
everyone else
though not all in on the joke
would be dressed normally

A photograph to inspire poetry: moth on a gardenia leaf

moth on a gardenia leaf

Above is a photograph if a moth on a gardenia leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is poem inspired by it.

sitting on the leaf
the moth lament
at the injustice
of the little balls
meant to keep it away

A photograph to inspire poetry: shadowed bug under a fig leaf

shadowed bug under a fig leaf

Above is a photograph of a shadowed bug under a fig leaf.  The light is from above and because of that the bug appears to be darker than it is.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

lurking
unseen in the shadows
the bill waited
in the mailbox

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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

Artwork to inspire poetry: red leaf

red leaf

Above is an artwork of a red leaf.  It is based off of the photograph from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: red leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The season of fall.
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  • Something generally changing color.
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  • Something red represented by the leaf.
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  • Death.
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  • Something leaving before something takes its place.
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  • Transition.

A photograph to inspire poetry: green dragonfly on a banana leaf

green dragonfly on a banana leaf

Above is a photograph of a green dragonfly on a banana leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of a person matching their surrounds. This matching could mean in terms of culture, personality, appearance or something else.  The idea is that a poet could relate a person to a place in the same way that this dragonfly relates to the banana leaf.
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  • The idea of appearance not matching reality. In this case, the dragonfly has thin translucent wings.  It almost seems as though they should not work for flying.  Despite this though, they do work.  A poet could translate this idea to people.  They could write about a person whose appearance, as perceived by others, does not match their abilities.
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  • The idea of names. The dragonfly and the banana leaf both have descriptive names.  There is a dragon-fly and there is a banana-leaf.  A poet could write about names.  They could write about how a name describes a person, thing or place and how that name is perceived by others and by the person or thing (if aware) that has it.  A poet could write about the impact of names.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

By choice,
or by chance,
in sunlight,
and shadows,
everything,
aligned.

A photograph to inspire poetry: dead leaf on the end of a branch

dead leaf on the end of a branch

Above is a photograph of a dead leaf on the end of a branch.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Death. The leaf is dead and it could inspire a poet to write about the subject.
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  • Hanging on. While the leaf is dead, it is still hanging onto the tree.  There is a sense of persistence.  A poet could apply this idea to poetry.
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  • Finality. At some point the leaf will fall from the tree.  It is right before the moment of finality.  A poet could apply the idea of finality to many situations.  There are many last moments of things (not all bad) that a poet could write about.
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  • Rebirth. While the leaf is dead and about to fall, buds can also be seen on the branch.  The tree and branch are not dead, only dormant.  At some point, the tree will have a rebirth.  A poet could apply this idea in a poem.