Artwork to inspire poetry: black and white strawberry

black and white strawberry

Above is a black and white artwork of a strawberry.  It can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of the loss of color. As this strawberry is presented without its usual colors of red, green, and so forth, a poet could write about someone or something losing color.  They could write about furniture that has faded.  They could write about a person so scared they lost the color in their face.  They could apply the idea symbolically, and write about a thing or person losing something fundamental to it or themselves.
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  • A person not wanting to be noticed. This strawberry has a muted appearance.  It does not stand out as much as a colorful strawberry would.  A poet could apply this idea to people.  They could write about a person who does not want to be noticed.  An example might be a person at a performance who hopes they don’t get called up on stage.
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  • A person not being noticed. As a corollary to the idea above, a poet could write about a person who isn’t noticed.  An example might be a person at a party who no one talks to (although not because they don’t like the person, but rather, because they don’t notice them).

 

Here is an example poem:

The leaves were green,
but then they changed,
first red,
then yellow,
then brown.
And then one day,
in the wind,
they blew away,
and the tree was bare.
The drought was in,
its hundredth day.

A photograph to inspire poetry: A Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry

One way to find inspiration for poetry is through photographs.  An image, even if it is simple, can have many interpretations and inspire different emotions.  A poet can feel a variety of emotions depending on the image and how it is viewed.

This example is a photograph of a wild strawberry.

One way to find inspiration for poetry through this photograph would be to focus on elements such as light, nature, spring, water, greenness, life and other similar points.  This could make for a variety of interesting poems.  There are, however, other ways to find inspiration from a photograph like this.

One subtle point about a photograph of a wild strawberry is how a wild strawberry differs from a “regular” strawberry, or one that is sold in stores.  A wild strawberry is unnoticed, it is unused by people, it is often mowed over.  A regular strawberry is cultivated, cared for and seen as a treat by people.  This distinction and the metaphors that it can represent can help inspire poetry.  The following is an example.

Strawberries

In fields there are two kinds of fruit that grow,
and both of them do share alike a name,
they are the small strawberry fruits we know,
and how we speak at first they seem the same.

They both are red and grow on vines of green,
and both have seeds that cover the outside,
they both are plants that our eyes have seen,
and both are plants that with their sight don’t hide.

Yet one of these strawberry plants we see,
as something that we might do seek to plant,
the other kind though it might wish to flee,
the mower blades that spin and cut what can’t.

The regular strawberry plant we grow,
the wild one with spinning blades we mow.

The differences between the strawberries in this poem can represent a variety of metaphors depending on how the poet and reader views it.  This poem is one kind of inspiration that can be drawn from this photograph.  There are clearly many other kinds.

Please feel free to let this photograph help inspire a poem.