A photograph to inspire poetry: sideways bird

sideways bird

Above is a photograph of a sideways bird.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

You know,
if you look at a cat sideways,
it actually starts to look like …

no wait,
it still looks like a cat.

Looks hungry too.

What do cats eat anyway?

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A photograph to inspire poetry: lemon flower

lemon flower

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

  • The future. This flower in the future may become a lemon.  A poet could write about what something or someone might become in the future.
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  • Potential. This flower has the potential to become a lemon.  A poet could write about a person or a thing that has potential.
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  • Aroma. This flower has a sweet aroma.  A poet could write about scent and aroma.  They could apply the idea to flowers, perfume, food, and other things.
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  • Temporariness. This flower is temporary. At some point the blossom will fade.  A poet could apply this idea to many situations.
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  • Lemonade. This flower may turn into a lemon.  That lemon may be turned into lemonade.  A poet could write about this literally, metaphorically, or they could work with the expression about life giving a person lemons and that person making lemonade.  They could apply the idea to making the best of a situation.

Here is an example poem:

lemon
yellow
crayon
drawing
sunset
orange color
orange fruit
juice
breakfast
pancakes
syrup
maple trees
forests
leaves
green
grass
sunshine
yellow
lemon

A photograph to inspire poetry: a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

a black and red insect on a citrus leaf

Above is a photograph of a black and red insect on a citrus leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Predators and prey. This insect may be hunting something.  Presumably, something could be hunting it.  A poet could write about this relationship.
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  • Uniforms. The insect is black and red.  A poet could write about a group with black and red uniforms.  They could create a story around the idea and have it in a poem.
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  • Size. This insect is very small.  It is about the size of a pencil tip.  A poet could write about size and things that are very small.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

In his black and red uniform,
he came on to the rugby field.

Alone he stood,
just with his shadow,
and saw all those,
who would soon play.

Alone he stood,
in the silence,
and heard the sounds,
of the game.

A photograph to inspire poetry: dead curly tendril of a grape vine

dead curly tendril of a grape vine

Above is a photograph of a dead curly tendril of a grape vine.  The tendril is dead, but the vine is still alive in its roots.

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

the curls of her hair
seemed to spell a word
as the light reflected off
and the shadows moved about

A photograph to inspire poetry: Heart of stone

heart of stone

Above is a photograph of a stone in the shape of a heart.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

your heart of stone,
will not hear the tone,
of pleading words,
and imploring sounds

 

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A photograph to inspire poetry: a gnat on a mirror

gnat on a mirror

Above is a photograph of a gnat on a mirror.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

think of this,
you know your face,
you’ve seen it thousands of times,
and yet,
you’ve never seen it directly,
you’ve never seen it just with your eyes,
the way you’ve seen your hand,
or your foot,
you’ve only seen it,
indirectly,
through a reflection,
through light that bounced back,
through some type of transfer,
through some type of transformation

despite its closeness,
there is a distance

A photograph to inspire poetry: caterpillar eating a grape leaf

caterpillar eating a grape leaf

Above is a photograph of a caterpillar eating a grape leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Gardening and gardening pests.
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  • Eating.
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  • Veganism.
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  • A time before a change (the caterpillar will turn into a butterfly, moth, or something similar at some point).
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  • Damage.
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  • Perspective. From the perspective of someone growing grapes, the caterpillar is doing something bad.  From the caterpillar’s perspective, it is doing something good.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

Grape leaves,
are delicious –

stuffed with meat,
and rice,
and spices,
and simmered for a couple of hours.

(Don’t forget,
the lemon juice,
salt,
and butter,
at the end.)