A photograph to inspire poetry: budding grape leaf

budding grape leaf

Above is a photograph of a budding grape leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

it’s opening day
will anyone stop over?
there are good dolmas …

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A photograph to inspire poetry: shadowed bug under a fig leaf

shadowed bug under a fig leaf

Above is a photograph of a shadowed bug under a fig leaf.  The light is from above and because of that the bug appears to be darker than it is.

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

lurking
unseen in the shadows
the bill waited
in the mailbox

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A photograph to inspire poetry: green berries

green berries

Above is a photograph of green berries.  It can inspire poetry.

First, the berries are unripe.  This idea could lead a poet to write about something that isn’t finished.

Second, the berries may be poisonous.  This idea could lead a poet to write about the idea of potential danger.

Third, the berries are in a group.  This idea could lead a poet to write about groups of things.

Fourth, the berries are round.  This idea could lead a poet to write about things that are round.

Here is an example poem:

the round bottles stood
upon the table
each half filled
with something green

A photograph to inspire poetry: green grasshopper

green grasshopper

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

  • The designation of a beginner as a “grasshopper”. This idea, for example, is applied to martial arts, where a teacher might refer to a student as “grasshopper”.  It implies the student is a novice.
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  • Standing out. This green grasshopper stands out against the white wall.  The idea of standing out could be applied to a number of circumstances.
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  • The color green. Being green can imply a person is either envious or ill.  This idea could be used in poetry.  Similarly, the color green is the color of some types of money.  This idea could also be used in poetry.
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  • Naming. A grasshopper is named a “grasshopper” because it hops in the grass.  This idea of naming something from what it does could be applied to poetry.  An example idea might be last names that imply professions (e.g. Baker, Carpenter, or Smith).  This notion could be used in poetry.

Here is an example poem inspired by the photograph:

well done grasshopper
but there is further to climb
freshman year is done

A photograph to inspire poetry: a small lemon that dropped from a tree

a small lemon that dropped from a tree

Above is a photograph of a small lemon that dropped from a tree.  The lemon is about the size of a penny.  It was months away from being full size when it fell.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  The general idea of something ending before it reaches its potential, could be applied to many different situations.

Here is an example poem that uses the idea:

they had three dates,
that went very well,
but she got the job offer,
and moved away