A photograph to inspire poetry: single red leaf

single red leaf

Above is a photograph of a single red leaf.  It is on a vine that is on an oak tree.  Although the image is bright, it has a somewhat darker idea underneath.

The leaf is red, not because red is bright nice color, but rather because the leaf is dying in the winter.  The vine is losing it leaves.

Additionally, the vine is using the oak tree.  Although the vine benefits from the structure of the tree, it is to the detriment of the tree.

This idea, of something that seems bright in meaning having a darker underside, can inspire poetry.  Here is an example poem:

getting ready
for the party
he put on
his knight costume
little did he know
everyone else
though not all in on the joke
would be dressed normally

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Artwork to inspire poetry: red leaf

red leaf

Above is an artwork of a red leaf.  It is based off of the photograph from the blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: red leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The season of fall.

  • Something generally changing color.

  • Something red represented by the leaf.

  • Death.

  • Something leaving before something takes its place.

  • Transition.

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.

  • Obviously being red and green, this plant might inspire Christmas poetry.

  • The plant is shiny and reflecting light. This idea of reflection could be used in poetry.

  • The plant is curling around the edges. A poet might see this and decide to write about curly hair.

Experimental Poetry Form: Acrostic colors

This experimental poetry form is called acrostic colors.  It is simple in idea, and depending on the subject of the poem, could make a good presentation.

The poem has three lines, each separated by a line break.  The first line, is an acrostic of the word “blue”, the second is an acrostic of the word “orange”, and the third is an acrostic of the word “red”.  Additionally, the text of the blue line is colored blue, the text of the orange line is colored orange, and the text of the red line is colored red.

Here is an example poem to illustrate the idea:

Blowing lightly under eves,

outside rain almost nears glass enclosures,

remaining encased defends.

Post Series: The Christmas Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Small red and green plant

Small red and green plant

This photograph is of a small red and green plant.  As red and green are traditional Christmas colors, this small plant seemed appropriate.  Also, the plant just generally looks nice.  In another sense though, this plant has a different significance.

Before this photograph was taken, M. Sakran had in mind to photograph a green plant with red berries.  This seemed like it would be the most appropriate subject for the post.  A difficulty occurred though, in that M. Sakran could not locate such a plant in the near vicinity.  Because of this, the plant in the photograph was selected.

This idea, of having to substitute, can be the poetry inspiration from this photograph.  Often during Christmas, substitutions have to be made.  For example, if a certain gift can’t be found, a different gift may have to be purchased.  Or, if an ingredient is missing, one dish, may have to substitute for another.  These ideas of substitution can be used in poetry.