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

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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.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a tiny winged creature on a citrus leaf

a tiny winged creature on a citrus leaf

This photograph is of a tiny winged creature on a citrus leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  One aspect of it that can inspire poetry, is the colors of the creature.  This little creature is brightly colored with orange, yellow and green.  A poet could see this and decide to write about:

  • Someone who is wearing orange, yellow and green
  • An orange, yellow and green piece of jewelry
  • Orange and yellow flowers with green plants around them
  • Orange, yellow and green lights
  • A painting that is orange, yellow and green
  • Orange, yellow and green fruits

Poem with an explanation: Apples from orange trees

She picked an apple,
from the orange tree,
and fed it to a wolf.

The wolf then went,
to find a deer,
and told it of lake.

The deer then went,
to find the lake,
and drank all of the sand.

And in the sand,
it saw acorns,
that fell from the pine trees.

It planted one,
in the water,
and stood beneath the moon.

And in the dark,
the tree grew orange,
with apples on its stems.

She picked an apple,
from the orange tree,
and fed it to a wolf.

 

This poem is surreal and a little like a fairy tale.  The general idea of the girl, with the animals that behave like people, is part of the fairy tale.  In each stanza, there is at least one element that is surreal.

In the first stanza, the girl picks an apple, from an orange tree.  This is surreal.  It is also a little play on words, because the tree is colored orange, rather than having oranges on it.  Then, she feeds the apple to a wolf.  This is surreal, because a wolf does not eat apples.

In the second stanza, the wolf goes, and finds a deer.  Rather that eating the deer or even telling it of the apple from the orange tree, it tells it of something that seems completely unrelated, a lake.  This is all surreal.

In the third stanza, the deer goes to lake, but rather than drinking the water from it, it drinks the sand around it.  This is surreal.

In the fourth stanza, the deer finds acorns in the sand.  This is surreal because acorns would normally be in a forest.  Additionally, these acorns, did not fall from oak trees, but instead pine trees.  This is also surreal.

In the fifth stanza, the deer plants an acorn, but not in the sand, but in the water.  This is surreal.  The deer is standing beneath the moon.  Up to this point, readers may have thought the poem was in daytime.  This adds to the fairy tale element of it.

In the sixth stanza, the tree from the acorn grew in the dark (as opposed to the light).  The tree also came out colored orange, with apples on its stems.  This, again, is all surreal.

The last stanza, is like the first, and brings circularity to the poem.  It also shows that what the wolf told the deer was actually related to its experience.

Post Series: Artworks to inspire poetry: Dog Related: Orange eye

Dog's Eye

Today is the start of new post series on M. Sakran’s blog of and about poetry and poetry related things.  This series will be a series of artworks to inspire poetry related to dogs.

Each of the posts will have a dog related artwork, a poem inspired by it, and a mention of how the artwork was made.  Each of the artworks will not only be of something different, but each will also be done in a different way.  For example, today’s artwork was done using colored pencils followed by some computer alteration.  (Most of the artworks will most likely involve some computer alteration, however, the preceding work will be different for each artwork.)

The series will consist of ten posts, including this one, and should run from today, through April 1.  If something comes up, it may supersede the series, in which case, the series will continue after the superseding.  Please enjoy the series.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork above:

Looking up,
with an orange glow,
the wildflower,
smiled.

Poem Series: Experimental Poetry Forms: Orange: Azure waters

Azure waters flowing slowly nearby flowers,
carry remnant elements of glaciers hidden,
taking minute particles by cypress towers.
Flowing water currents being slowly ridden,
hidden particles flow, none though being bidden.
Azure waters flowing slowly under bowers.

(11/40) Experimental Poetry Form: Orange

A photograph to inspire poetry: The little orange bug

The little orange bug

Above is a photograph of a little orange bug on some leaves.  This photograph can inspire poetry in a number of ways.  One way that it can inspire poetry is through the idea of curiosity.

There is something curious about the bug.  It is unusual in shape and color.  It stands out against the leaves.  It moves in an unusual way.  What is the bug like?  What kind of bug is it?  What is it doing on the leaves?  Why is it orange?

The general curiousness of the bug, and the questions that in can raise, can be the inspiration for a poem.

Here is an example haiku:

The strange orange form,
walked with odd movement on leaves –
 from its near space ship?

This poem humorously reflects the curiousness of the bug, by questioning if it might be an alien.  This is one example of a poem that could be inspired by this photograph.

In addition to the idea of curiosity, there are other ideas and poetic inspirations that could be developed from this photograph of the little orange bug.