A photograph to inspire poetry: nest

nest

This photograph is of a nest in a tree.  It might be a squirrel’s nest.  The photograph has a certain effect, with the nest, the leafless branches (some of which seem whitish in the light) and the pale blue sky.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

bright emptiness,
as limbs encase,
illuminates

A photograph to inspire poetry: Birds in a nest

Birds in a nest

Above is a photograph of baby birds in a nest.  This is the same nest that had eggs in the photograph of Set Twenty Two on MSakran.com.  That set is currently on the home page.

This photograph can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  For example, a poet could write about:

  • birds in a nest
  • birds more generally
  • birth
  • life
  • something being hidden
  • vulnerability
  • youth
  • flight
  • dependency

Experimental Poetry Form: Bird’s Nest

This experimental poetry form is based off of a bird’s nest:  it is tangled, but it fits together.  There is a photograph and an artwork of a bird’s nest as part of set twenty two on MSakran.com.

The tangled part of this form are the lines of different syllable counts.  There are:

  • 3 lines with 8 syllables each
  • 2 lines with 6 syllables each
  • 1 line with 5 syllables
  • 1 line with 4 syllables
  • 4 lines with 2 syllables each

The lines are in the order below:

8 syllable line
4 syllable line
2 syllable line
5 syllable line
2 syllable line
8 syllable line
6 syllable line
2 syllable line
6 syllable line
8 syllable line
2 syllable line

The lines have no meter.

The fitting together part of the form is that all the lines rhyme.  This means that 11 rhymes need to be thought of.  Because of this high number, after the first line, the last word of the line should be checked to see if there are ten words that rhyme with it.

Here is a poem written in the form:

Driving along an unknown way,
during mid-May,
one day,
past fields of cut hay,
with Ray,
   or was it instead that guy Jay?
   Someone who knows might say.
Say hey,
there was this small blue jay,
out where all that cut hay just lay,
said Fay.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Insect nest

Insect nest

This is a photograph of what appears to be an insect’s nest.  It may be a nest of something like a hornet or something similar.

This photograph can inspire a number of poetry ideas.  One idea would be the ideas of protection and shelter.  This nest presumably provides both, and those ideas could be used in a poem.  For example, a poet could write about finding shelter in the rain or about the idea of finding a place to feel protected.

Another idea that could be inspired by this photograph is the idea of construction.  This nest was constructed, and the idea of construction could be used in a poem.  Since the nest was built using natural materials (all be it, on a manmade wall) a poet might decide to write about a structure built with natural materials.  This could range from the idea of a temporary shelter in the woods, to a modern home built with natural materials incorporated.

Another idea that could be inspired by this photograph is the idea of vulnerability.  This nest is on a wall.  It could be easily damaged by rain, animals or human beings.  The idea of vulnerability could be used in a poem.  For example, using the ideas of protection, shelter and construction from above combined, a poet could write about someone building a shelter in the woods, for example when they are lost.  The poem could describe the construction of the shelter for the purpose of protection and have allusions to the vulnerability that the person has and feels.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a nest

Nest

This is a photograph of a nest in a tree.  It presumably belongs to either a bird or a squirrel.

This nest could inspire a number of poetic ideas, including poems about:

Birds
Squirrels
Nests
Homes (as the nest is like a home)
Nature, generally
Collection (as the nest is a collection of items)
Recycling (as the nest uses some recycled materials in that the materials may have fallen from a tree, for example, and then were used by the animal that built the nest)
Building
Construction
Shelter
Uncertainty (as it is uncertain what built the nest)