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: dead curly tendril of a grape vine

dead curly tendril of a grape vine

Above is a photograph of a dead curly tendril of a grape vine.  The tendril is dead, but the vine is still alive in its roots.

This photograph can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

the curls of her hair
seemed to spell a word
as the light reflected off
and the shadows moved about

Artwork to inspire poetry: Vine, Four mediums

Vine, Four mediums

The artwork above is of a vine with leaves, berries and flowers.  The artwork was made using four mediums: the main stem and the stems of the flowers and berries were made using a colored pencil, the leaves and their stems were made using a crayon, the red berries were made using a marker, and the orange flowers were made using paint (possibly acrylic).  There was also some slight digital alteration.

This artwork can inspire poetry directly by the image of the vine.  It can also inspire poetry by how it was made.  This artwork is a combination of four things made in four ways.  This idea could inspire a poet to write a poem that uses four as the basis of the form.  For example, a poet might write a poem with four stanzas each with a different meter or rhyming pattern.  Also, this idea might inspire a poet to combine different ideas that have some similarity in to one poem.  For example, a poet could write a poem about light and write about it in four ways: light as opposed to darkness, light in color, light in weight, light as in “light a match”.