Artwork to inspire poetry: Beetle under a fig leaf artwork

Beetle under a fig leaf artwork

Above is an artwork of a beetle under a fig leaf.  It is based off of the photograph in the post A photograph to inspire poetry: beetle under a fig leaf.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

if you don’t look
you might not see

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Artwork to inspire poetry: Hand

Hand

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

There’s an expression,
of knowing something,
like the palm of your hand.

But how many,
actually know,
what theirs looks like?

Despite,
having it there,
for all of your life,
how many know,
it’s appearance,
and would truly,
be able,
to tell it from others?

There’s a lesson here,
in observation,
in all things,
that many see,
but few take time,
to notice.

You may have heard,
after someone or something is gone,
someone say,
that they don’t remember.

They don’t remember,
the color of the person’s eyes,
or what the tree looked like,
or how the dog played.

Though they’ve seen these things,
innumerable times,
they did not stop,
and see.

There’s a lesson in this.

Observe the things,
you see every day,
the things you would miss,
if they were gone.

For despite knowing them,
like the palm of your hand,
you may only know them,
as well as that.

Poem with an explanation: Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  he sure is sweating.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  that rain is falling hard.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  oh, that car shouldn’t have splashed him.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  he really should be wearing a coat.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  see how the wind is blowing him back.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  it looks like that fall hurt his leg.

Hey look, it’s that guy with the dogs,

  oh wait, that other dog is going to bite him.

Hey look, that guy with the dogs didn’t walk by.

 

This poem is about noticing, but doing nothing.

In each of the eight sentences, two people on a porch either notice a guy walking dogs walk by, or notice that he didn’t walk by.  In the first seven sentences the guy walking the dogs encounters: heat, rain, carelessness, cold, wind, a fall, and a dog attack.  In the last sentence, the guy walking the dogs doesn’t walk by.

In each of the sentences, the people on the porch notice the man or the lack of him.  In none of the sentences, do they do anything for him.

Additionally, the man’s name isn’t known.  He is referred to as “that guy with the dogs”.  The people on the porch, never wonder what his name is.  It, in some sense, isn’t significant to them.

This poem utilizes repetition as a poetic tool.

 

P.S. Today on MSakran.com, there is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction.