Poem with an explanation: The Plight of the Orange Spheres

behind the glass
nothing felt safe
the lion roared

 

This poem has three layers.

The first layer is just the poem itself and what it literally says.  In the poem, someone or some group is behind glass and they don’t feel safe from a lion.

The second layer, describes the literal situation more fully.  In the poem there are goldfish (orange spheres) that are in an aquarium.  They are afraid of a cat (lion) that is outside and wants to get them.

The third layer, relates to the coronavirus.  People are in their homes (behind glass), but don’t feel safe (nothing felt safe), from the virus (the lion).

The idea of the poem was to present three ideas with the same concept.

A photograph to inspire poetry: plants with yellow and orange flowers

plants with yellow and orange flowers

Above is a photograph of plants with yellow and orange flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include poems about:

  • The sun. The flowers look like the sun with a central part with yellow radiating out.  A poet could write poetry about the sun.  They might write science fiction poetry about multiple suns.
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  • These flowers look happy.  They are bright and open.  A poet could write poetry related to bright, open happiness.
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  • The flowers are in a group.  A poet could write about a group of people and relate them to the flowers.

 

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

There is one sun,
but really two.

In the north,
the summer ends,
and fall is near.

In the south,
the winter ends,
and spring is near.

Up in the sky,
there is but one,
but upon the earth,
two circle above.

Though time is the same,
as the two suns circle,
time goes,
in opposite paths.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Persimmon

Persimmon

Above is an artwork of a persimmon.  As today is Halloween, it seemed appropriate to have an orange colored produce item as the subject of the artwork.  Rather than going with the traditional pumpkin, a persimmon was chosen instead.

Some poetry ideas that can come from this artwork are:

  • Poems about persimmons. While a fruit might not seem to be a significant topic for a poem, it can be worked into many poems as an object that ties ideas together.  Think of a poem about someone who has died.  A poet could write about a gathering after the funeral where persimmons are in a bowl.  The fruit could be used as a vehicle to examine different subjects.
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  • Poems about difference from expectations. This persimmon is not a pumpkin.  It is different from what might be expected.  A poet could use the difference from expectations in poetry.
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  • Poems about something new. Maybe some readers may have never tried a persimmon.  This idea of something new could be used in poetry.  A poet could write about a new experience.

Here is a poem inspired by this artwork:

trying to carve a persimmon,
would probably be really hard,
stick to pumpkins

Artwork to inspire poetry: abstract colored leaf

Abstract Colored Leaf

This artwork is of an abstract colored leaf.  Generally, the stem of the leaf is purple, the top of the leaf is blue, and the bottom of the leaf is orange.

The artwork was based off of a photograph of a leaf.  A general outline was drawn, the bottom was colored two shades of orange, the stem was colored purple, and the top was colored two shades of blue.  The drawing was scanned and then computer altered.

The idea was to create an artwork with some realism, but more color.

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

blue leaves,
rise in the spring,
no one wonders

Artwork to inspire poetry: three fruit

Three fruit

This is an artwork of three fruit.  It is of a mandarin orange, on top of a banana, on top of a mango.  The idea was to have a little twist on the standard fruit still life.  The artwork started out as a colored pencil drawing and was then computer altered.

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

Great heights can be reached,
standing on the shoulders of others –

just make sure,
you get their permission first,
otherwise,
it could sort of be awkward.

 

Experimental Poetry Form: Acrostic colors

This experimental poetry form is called acrostic colors.  It is simple in idea, and depending on the subject of the poem, could make a good presentation.

The poem has three lines, each separated by a line break.  The first line, is an acrostic of the word “blue”, the second is an acrostic of the word “orange”, and the third is an acrostic of the word “red”.  Additionally, the text of the blue line is colored blue, the text of the orange line is colored orange, and the text of the red line is colored red.

Here is an example poem to illustrate the idea:

Blowing lightly under eves,

outside rain almost nears glass enclosures,

remaining encased defends.