Artwork to inspire poetry: West Indian Lantana

West Indian Lantana

Above is an artwork of a plant called West Indian Lantana.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

bringing the bouquet
to the door
wondering if
they should have been roses

A photograph to inspire poetry: a tiny frog behind rosemary

a tiny frog behind rosemary

Above is a photograph of a tiny frog behind rosemary.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Okay Rosemary,
you’re in the way,
you’re blocking the camera.

Really,
sometimes,
there’s just no consideration.

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.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Juniper tips

Juniper tips

The artwork above is of juniper tips.  It can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • Juniper is an evergreen, and yet the artwork above is mostly tones of gray with some pink, some lighter green and other colors. It is a depiction of something with a quality lost.  A poet could see this and be inspired to write poetry about people who lose some quality about themselves.  Maybe something changes in the person’s life, and they are not as they were before.  A poet could write about a variety of different things.
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  • The artwork above shows just the tips of a juniper plant. It does not show the whole or even a significant portion of the plant.  The idea was to focus on a small aspect of the whole thing.  A poet could see this, and be inspired to focus on a small aspect of something.
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  • The artwork above shows three main parts together, the small one on the left, the large one in the center and the smallest one on the right. A poet could see this and write about three things together and the contrasts between them.  A poet might write about people, buildings or other things.

A photograph to inspire poetry: a red and green plant

Red and Green Plant

This is a photograph of a red and green plant.  It can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include:

  • The plant has a shiny almost waxy look to it, as if it were artificial. It might be more typical for a poem to be written where something fake is attempting to seem real.  In this case, the opposite idea could be applied: something real, seeming to be fake.  This notion could be applied to situations in life that could be used in poems.  For example, a poet could think of a social situation in a social subculture, where something real isn’t valued as much as something artificial.  They could imagine a person trying portray something that is real as being artificial, for the purpose of fitting in with the group.
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  • Obviously being red and green, this plant might inspire Christmas poetry.
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  • The plant is shiny and reflecting light. This idea of reflection could be used in poetry.
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  • The plant is curling around the edges. A poet might see this and decide to write about curly hair.