Artwork to inspire poetry: Other squash

Other squash
Above is an artwork of a squash.  It is called Other squash, because there is already an artwork called Squash on the blog (although it is a different one).  This artwork is based off of the photograph from the post A photograph to inspire poetry: Squash.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The game of squash.

  • Squashing something.

  • Squash in recipes.

  • Growing fruits and vegetables.


Here is an example poem using squash:

His hopes were squashed:

 Dear applicant,

 We thank you for applying …

A photograph to inspire poetry: part of a squash plant

part of a squash plant

Above is a photograph of part of a squash plant.  The focus of the photograph is part of the plant that is new and growing.

An important aspect of this plant is timing.  The photograph was taken in late November.  There is a chance that temperatures will get cold enough in the near future, such that this plant will die.  Although the plant is attempting to grow and have fruit, there is a reasonable chance that it will fail because of circumstances that it can’t control.

This idea can be a metaphor for situations in life and can be used in poetry.  A poet could write about situations where a person makes an effort to accomplish something, but because of the timing and other circumstances, there is a high chance they will fail.

Some ideas a poet could write about are:

  • A person gives a performance right after another person gave a great performance.

  • A person is remodeling a building in a place where a hurricane is expected to hit.

  • A person gets a job at a company that shortly thereafter announces there will be layoffs.

  • A small business releases a product, and shortly thereafter a large company releases a similar one.

  • A person is trying make a large meal, when the power goes out.

A photograph to inspire poetry: Squash


The above is a photograph of a squash growing on a plant.

One poetic inspiration that could come from this photograph would be the idea of food.  One day, potentially, this squash could be eaten.  It could be part of a meal.  There are a lot of poems that could be written about meals.  They could be written about the meal itself, or using the meal as a setting for something else.

Another poetic idea that could be inspired by this photograph, would be the idea of things that can go wrong.  Before this squash is ready to be eaten by a person, a lot could happen to it to prevent that.  It could be eaten by insects, or get a disease, or freeze.  There are many situations in life that are like this: some goal that has a lot of potential obstacles.  This idea could inspire a poem.

Another thought about this squash is the idea of benefit.  This squash has a benefit to the plant as a means of producing seeds and it has a benefit to people and animals that may want to eat the squash.  One the one hand these two sides (the plant and those that want to eat the squash) could have a symbiotic relationship.  Because something eats the squash, the seeds may eventually be planted.  In another sense though, the two sides could seem in conflict.  Who is the squash supposed to benefit: the plant or whatever eats the squash?  In some philosophical sense, why was the squash grown?  Both of these ideas, symbiotic relationships and relationships that raise a question of who is a benefit for, could be starting points for a poem.

A Poem: Lunch

The zucchini is washed and set aside,
and then a squash is cleaned and set with it.
Mushrooms are washed and set with them as well.
The top of the green zucchini is cut,
and the bottom is cut away also.
The same is done to the pale yellow squash.
The zucchini is cut into slices,
and then the cleaned mushrooms are split in fours.
The seeds of the pale squash are cut away,
and it is cut into half circle forms.
Olive oil is poured into the pan,
and it heats up, but only to a point,
and when it’s warm the vegetables go in,
and they are stirred with a spoon made of wood.
As they do cook a tomato is found.
It too is washed and then it’s cut in half.
The halves are cut and the small seeds removed,
and then it goes into the cooking pan.
The vegetables are stirred as they do cook,
with heat that’s low so that they will not burn,
and then olives are got and cut in parts,
with the green fruit cut from the hard small seeds.
The olives are then put into the pan,
and mixed around with the cut vegetables.
They cook some time until they are not raw,
and then they’re poured on to a white clean plate.
The filled white plate is then set down for lunch.