NATURE IS A GREAT SOURCE of inspiration for writing poems. By combining nature with ideas from their own experience poets have created great and enduring poetry.
An example from William Blake: To see the world in a grain of sand / And heaven in a wild flower / To hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour.
An example from Lord Byron: There is a pleasure in the pathless wood / There is a rapture on the lonely shore / There is society where none intrudes / By the beach and the music in its roar.
A poem may be inspired by a tiny grain of sand or a whole expanse of the natural world. The power of a poem is that it not only reminds us of the tangible, what we may see, hear, taste, touch or feel, but it also reveals to us the intangible perceptions realized in that tableau of nature with our shared human experience.
It is said that a picture says a thousand words. But in a poem it is not necessary to describe every single bit of detail, it is only necessary to reveal to us a fresh perspective that renews our relationship with the world around us, with other people and with ourselves.
At dawn on a beach somewhere
Between two worlds, in that moment,
I taste their salty tang, in my mouth;
When the first gasp of dawn shudders through me
and sunlight shears the horizon in a brilliant streak;
Then a grain of sand clinging between my lips,
is a coarse bread on which to break my fasting;
When youth is no more than a memory,
where twilight borders our mortal reality;
And we each, blindly seeking our destiny,
send our prayers to a place beyond the sea;
There, at dawn on a beach somewhere,
all our secret dreams are washed ashore.