Photography meets poetry

Today’s prompt at d’verse poets is right up my street- James Rainsford writes about the marriage of photography and poetry. I frequently find myself inspired to write by an image. I am told my poetry is very visual, doubtless because I have been taking photographs for years, far longer than I have been writing.

I’m using one of my images here, and a short poem inspired by it.

Sidmouth in early April

On the Beach

Summer has come early
to one couple
On the beach
the long strand of shiny pebbles
glints in the April sun.
They alone sit braving the breeze
perched under bright parasol
shadows sharp behind them.
Incoming waves lace patterns
in the crescent bay
leaving ripples
on the golden sand
And summer has come early
to this couple
On the beach.

I was interested to see that for James Rainsford the poem usually comes first – for me, it is the reverse.


  1. lovely imagery…and it made me smile big to think of this couple on the beach…and the warmth of their summer….i love the beach too….the rhythm of the waves and the taste of the air…

  2. leahJlynn

    this is a great picture, with a lovely poem to add to it. I love how summer came early for them.

  3. The rock cliffs remind me of the red rock face of our cliffs here on PEI. The image is lovely. Your words compliment it so well.

  4. I’m so glad you shared this with us. Your poem and photo is beautiful. I look forward to reading more of you and seeing those images.

  5. Nice shot of the beach ….I can imagine summer in your words…the breeze and sand ~

    My share:

  6. summer and the couple came to each other

    suffocated reflction

  7. Love this picture – love the beach poetry too! It’s my thing!

  8. jcosmonewbery

    Lovely imagery. I am with you – the photo comes first.

  9. A truly inspiring photo and your poem both enhances and illuminates the image with a great story.
    So pleased you posted this. Thanks for sharing your vision.

  10. love the repetition in the poem…and the photos is great

  11. Shawna

    Lovely alliteration here: “perched under bright parasol
    shadows sharp behind them”

  12. Don’t know how I came to miss this gorgeous post last week.
    Me too: visual first and then the words.
    Actually, when I think of it: not always.
    That beach image is terrific. The foamy lace and then the heavy rocks, with the sand as a connector. Your words and image do each other justice.

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