Artwork to inspire poetry: man in hoodie

man in hoodie

Above is an artwork of a man in a hoodie.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

standing outside the store
it’s for paying customers only


Poem with an explanation: among the sands

The stars,
did not align,
as forests grew,
and cardinals cried,
among blue jays.

the camels wandered,
among the sands,
as blind men spoke,
of what they could,
no longer see.

The flock of birds,
among the trees,
saw in the sand,
haphazard paths,
but none did call,
with words or songs.

Mirages shimmered,
in the sun,
during the night,
that would not end.

The camels wandered,
among the sands,
and over the hills,
they disappeared.


This poem is about a man experiencing sadness after the death of his young daughter.  His daughter died, some weeks before, and the man is struggling with everything.

In his sorrow, the man has lost track of time (The stars, did not align), he has stopped shaving (as forests grew), and often his clothes don’t match (and cardinals cried, among blue jays).

The man symbolically, and at times literally, stumbles as he moves forward in his life (Aimlessly, the camels wandered, among the sands).  He keeps thinking of his daughter and can see her in his thoughts (as blind men spoke, of what they could, no longer see).

People who know the man (The flock of birds, among the trees), see his condition (saw in the sand, haphazard paths), but they don’t have the words to say to him (but none did call, with words or songs).

The man keeps thinking of his daughter, but her image in his mind is blurry (Mirages shimmered, in the sun) as it is overwhelmed with his sadness (during the night, that would not end).

The man aimlessly moves on with his life (The camels wandered, among the sands) and the condition he is in, seems unending (and over the hills, they disappeared).

Artwork to inspire poetry: man on ground

man on ground

Above is an artwork called man on ground.  The artwork was done at first with charcoal.  It was then scanned and computer altered.

This artwork can inspire poetry in a number of ways.

First, charcoal is generally poetic.  There is a poetic aspect to a drawing made (at least at first) with burnt wood.  Many symbolisms and metaphors can be drawn from that.

Second, a poet could obviously write about why the man was on the ground.  Is he sick?  Is he scared?  Did someone attack him?  Is he just on the ground because he wants to be?  There are many paths a poet could take with this.

Third, a poet could write about larger social issues.  This artwork might inspire a poet, for example, to write about something like homelessness.


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Artwork to inspire poetry: Cartoon man

Cartoon man

The above is an artwork of a cartoon man.  This artwork can inspire poetry.

A poet could write about the man, for example by writing about his condition.  A poet might look at the man and think he seems slightly sad.  A poet could write a poem about why, for example, by writing that the man is unemployed.

The man is dressed casually.  A poet could see this and write about the man’s condition, expressing why he might be dressed that way.

A poet might look at the man and think he seems nervous.  A poet could use this idea in a poem.