I wanted to try something different this week for my poetry challenge so I shared a photo for poets to use as inspiration for their poems. The last thing I want is for this challenge to seem dull. So, let’s give it a try!
There’s a lot going on in this photo. There’s the porch light shining brightly and a package by the door. Is anybody home?
The bikes outside hint that maybe the kids are upstairs doing homework or getting into other trouble. Parked bikes could also mean that the kids are next door. That means mom and dad might have time some time to spend alone. We know it’s summer – there’s lots of greenery present. Hmmmm…
Who lives here? What are their lives like? Do you see/feel happiness or pain? What is not being said in this photo?
Photo prompts are fun to use in poetry as a way to delve into the feelings that a photo conveys. Experiment with some of the themes you get out of the photo. I’ve used the Senryu form to share some of my themes from above:
The porch light is on
welcoming friends to enter
yet, no one is home
Muggy summer nights
alone with my beloved
reclaiming our love
The longer syllabic forms work well with photo prompts too. Here is my submission for this week, a Nonet.
“Home,” # Nonet
As the fringes of darkness descend
cicadas sing their summer songs
inviting all kith and kin
where hearts dwell together
wrapped tightly in love
© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro