A photograph to inspire poetry: Christmas leaves

Christmas leaves

Above is a photograph of red and green leaves.  The leaves are in traditional Christmas colors.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it.

The tree,
knows better.
Christmas starts,
on Christmas Day,
it doesn’t end.
These decorations,
will be out,
for a while.

Bilingual Poem: Does anyone know what to do?

All right,
something’s wrong.

The leaves,
on the trees,
a few weeks ago,
they started to change color,
and now,
they’re falling off.

Does anyone,
know what to do?


Desde luego,
algo es no está bien.

Las hojas,
en los árbols,
un pocos hace semanas,
ellas comenzaban cambiar de color,
y ahora,
ellas están cayendo por unos árbols.

¿Hace alguien,
saben qué hacer?


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Milestone: 1100th Post

This is post 1100 on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.

There is a lot you can find on M. Sakran’s blog.  You can:

As you may know, M. Sakran has a published collection of poetry, First Try, and a self-published eBook of poems with explanations, Understanding: poems with explanations.  You should check out both.

Also, as you may know, M. Sakran has a website: www.msakran.com.  It has, among other things, sets of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.

M. Sakran thanks all visitors to the blog, and hopes everyone, has enjoyed, everything.

Here is a poem to mark this milestone:

You stood by the tree
one thousand one hundred leaves
somewhere there are roots.

A photograph to inspire poetry: A flower with leaves

A flower with leaves

This is a photograph of a flower.  There are a couple of interesting aspects here.  First, the flower’s petals (presumably those are what the pink items are) are separated, they are not close together, as would be seen in something like a rose.  Second, the leaves on the plant are a mixture of red and green.  This is different from plants that generally have green leaves.

This photograph can inspire poetry from its interesting aspects.  Some ideas include:

  • A Christmas poem, as inspired by the red and green leaves
  • A poem about being different, as inspired by either the leaves or the petals
  • A poem about things that are separated, but not necessarily in a negative sense, as inspired by the petals

Poem with an explanation: Finches and leaves

The finches flew about the sky,
as fallen leaves blew in the breeze,
their wings did flap as they flew high,
the finches flew about the sky.
As up above the flock went by,
the leaves blew on with simple ease,
the finches flew about the sky,
as fallen leaves blew in the breeze.

The above poem is a triolet.  The idea of the poem is the relation of two images: finches flying and leaves blowing.  The A rhyme lines (lines 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7) are about the finches flying, and the B rhyme lines (lines 2, 6, and 8) are about the leaves blowing.  The images are a similar: a group of birds moving and a group of leaves moving, but they also contrast: the birds are active (they are flying) and the leaves are passive (they are being blown).

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Symmetry: Beneath canopy leaves

Outside beneath canopy leaves,
resting in shade hidden from sun,
little soft eyes watch as squirrels run,
as a small bird quietly weaves,
thinking of what working achieves,
butterflies land softly for fun,
and underneath quietly done,
slowly eyes close under leaf eaves.


(4/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Symmetry

A photograph to inspire poetry: Leaves opening

Leaves opening

This is a photograph of a bud, assuming that is the appropriate term, of leaves, that is in the process of opening up.  It is on the end of a stem on an evergreen bush.

This photograph can inspire poetry in at least a few different ways.  One inspiration can come from the idea that the leaves are in the middle of a process.  A poet could be inspired to write a poem about some other process that might be at a middle stage.  For example, a poet could write about someone running a marathon.  Rather than focusing on the beginning of the race or the end, a poet could write a poem about what the race is like half way through.

Another inspiration could come from the idea that the leaves are already, and will to a greater extent once they open, contribute to the plant.  The leaves will contribute to the plant through photosynthesis.  The idea of contribution, inspired by this photograph, might inspire a poet to write about related things.  For example, a poet could write about employees at a factory contributing to what the factory produces.

In another inspiration, a poet might see the photograph and decide to focus on a more subtle point.  Rather than focusing on the leaves that are opening, a poet might focus on the thin strand of spider’s web that is seen in the photograph.  A poet might see the thin strand, think about how it is affected by the leaves, and think about the strand being fragile.  This could inspire a poet to write a poem about something fragile.