A photograph to inspire poetry: two birds in the sky

two birds in the sky

Above is a photograph of two birds in the sky.  They were circling in a pattern.  This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

two birds circling above –
are they vultures?
too many westerns

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A photograph to inspire poetry: light orange colored lily

light orange colored lily

Above is a photograph of a light orange colored lily.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Funeral flowers. Lilies are sometimes seen as funeral flowers. Although those might be white, a poet could write a poem where a person had light orange colored ones at their funeral.
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  • Sunsets. Light orange is a color that might be seen in sunsets.  The light shining might color things like flowers.  A poet could write about sunsets and how the light changes the color of things.
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  • Less than fullness. This flower is light orange.  It is not fully orange.  A poet could apply the idea of less than fullness to other things and use them in poetry.
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  • Gardens. A poet could write about gardens with lily flowers and other types of plants.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

these were planted
because you always
liked the scent

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.

A photograph to inspire poetry: two light purple and white flowers

two light purple and white flowers

Above is a photograph of two light purple and white flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Pairs. These flowers form a pair and a poet could be inspired to write about other kinds of pairs.
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  • Cooperation and competition. Depending on perspective, these two flowers could be seen as cooperating with each other or competing against each other.  They could be cooperating, in that because there is more color in the area than if there was only one flower, they are more likely to attract pollinators.  They could be competing in that they are competing for pollinators.  A poet could write about either of these ideas or a situation where both exist.
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  • Not talking. The two flowers are not facing each other.  This could remind a poet of two people who are not talking to each other.  A poet could write a poem about this.

Below is a poem inspired by this photograph.  It uses the experimental poetry form four by four.

After bee told one,
what butterfly had said,
the other had said,
neither spoke a word.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Green Tomato

Green Tomato

Above is a photograph of a green tomato.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Gardening or farming. A poet could write about growing fruits and vegetables and ideas associated with that.
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  • Waiting. This tomato is green.  Assuming a person wanted it to be red before harvesting it, they would have to wait.  This idea of waiting for something could be applied to different ideas in poetry.
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  • Significance through color. This tomato is known by its color and its color signifies something about it.  This idea is in other places.  A good example would be traffic lights (yellow, green and red).  Traffic lights are known by their color and their color signifies something.  There are other examples as well.  A poet could think of examples and use them in poetry.
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  • Change over time. This tomato has changed over time.  It was a flower, then a small green tomato, and now a large green tomato.  If things go well, it will be a large red tomato.  A poet could apply this idea of changing over time to different things and use those ideas in poetry.

A photograph to inspire poetry: green dragonfly on a banana leaf

green dragonfly on a banana leaf

Above is a photograph of a green dragonfly on a banana leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of a person matching their surrounds. This matching could mean in terms of culture, personality, appearance or something else.  The idea is that a poet could relate a person to a place in the same way that this dragonfly relates to the banana leaf.
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  • The idea of appearance not matching reality. In this case, the dragonfly has thin translucent wings.  It almost seems as though they should not work for flying.  Despite this though, they do work.  A poet could translate this idea to people.  They could write about a person whose appearance, as perceived by others, does not match their abilities.
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  • The idea of names. The dragonfly and the banana leaf both have descriptive names.  There is a dragon-fly and there is a banana-leaf.  A poet could write about names.  They could write about how a name describes a person, thing or place and how that name is perceived by others and by the person or thing (if aware) that has it.  A poet could write about the impact of names.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

By choice,
or by chance,
in sunlight,
and shadows,
everything,
aligned.