A photograph to inspire poetry: colorful bird

colorful bird

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

The hot air balloon,
with colors of blue,
purple,
red,
orange,
and yellow,
landed softly,
by the lake,
and looked at its reflection,
in the water.

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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.

A photograph to inspire poetry: squirrel in a broken branch

squirrel in a broken branch

Above is a photograph of a squirrel in a broken branch.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is an example:

the neighborhood looks nice,
and the place is cozy,
the views are nice,
and there is hardwood throughout
still,
with a history of storm damage,
those neighbors who stay up all night wondering Who-Who will move in,
and that whole lack of a front door thing,
it might not be the best place

A photograph to inspire poetry: lemon blossoms

Lemon Blossoms

Above is a photograph of lemon blossoms.  It can inspire poetry.  Below are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • Potential. These blossoms have the potential to be open flowers and then have the potential to be fruit.  A poet could write about the potential a person has.
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  • Purple, white and green. The colors of the blossoms are purple and white and the leaves are green.  A poet could use these colors in a poem.
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  • General nature and flowers. A poet could write plants and flowers and other elements of nature that are inspired by this photograph.
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  • Closed. These blossoms are closed.  A poet could write about things that are closed.  They could write about a store, a room, a park or any number of things.

Here is a poem inspired by the photograph:

Arranged in rows,
purple baskets,
with white ribbons,
getting ready,
for the day.