A photograph to inspire poetry: a woodpecker near a hole in a tree

a woodpecker near a hole in a tree

Above is a photograph of a woodpecker near a hole in a tree.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

what’s the focus here,
might depend on perspective

is it
the woodpecker
searching for food?

is it
what the woodpecker’s searching for
hiding?

is it
the tree
that has a hole?

is it
the leaves
that somehow got there?

is it
the rest of the tree
that isn’t shown?

it might depend
on perspective

Artwork to inspire poetry: loquat fruit

loquat fruit

Above is a cropped photograph of loquat fruit.  It is an artwork because the fruit were put in something (as opposed, for example, to being on the tree) and because the photograph was cropped.

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

during the night
they came
birds and insects
eating the fruit
of the loquat tree

the person came out
the next morning
and saw some fruit missing
some half eaten
and some damaged

and they smiled
as this was their intention
when planting the tree

Poem with an explanation: springtime is coming

the treeless branch droops
from the burden of the snow
springtime is coming

 

This poem is about hope.  The poem is a 5-7-5 haiku, and uses nature as a metaphor for a human situation.

In the poem, there is a treeless branch.  This represents a person who has been through a lot.  They have lost their energy.  They have lost their hope.

In addition, the branch droops.  This represents something additional on the person.  The person is pressed down in some way.  What they have been through has pushed them down.

In the poem, the branch is drooping from the burden of the snow.  The snow is what is weighing on the person.  It is the stress, anxiety, problems, and situations the person feels and is going through.  It is a burden to them.  It is what is pressing them down after they have already lost their leaves.

The next line of the poem represents hope.  It says that springtime is coming.  This means the snow will melt and the tree will grow new leaves.  This represents the problems leaving the person and the person becoming revitalized.  It represents a positive future.

In the poem, something that has been through a lot with something weighing it down, will at some point be relieved of what it is going through.  This represents the same idea for a person.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

Above is a photograph of a flower that might be called Rose of Sharon.  It can inspire poetry.  For example, a poet might write about:

  • Some sort of occasion with yellow flowers.
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  • The change of colors from the outside to the in: Yellow, Red, Yellow, Brown.
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  • Something to do with the possible name of the plant.
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  • A comparison between the yellow flower and the sun.

 

Here is an example poem inspire by the photograph:

Shadows fall,
on the yellow hills,
as fires burn,
within the valley,
and the last tree stands,
unmoving.

A photograph to inspire poetry: some type of lawn plant

some type of lawn plant

This is a photograph of either the seed pods or unopened flowers of some type of lawn plant. They are actually quite pretty with the red striped colors.

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

After the rain,
and wind,
of the night,
in the cool morning,
the lawn celebrated,
with decorations.