[15 Words or Less Poems] Webs


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Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines here)!

This week’s image makes me think of:
1)?Scuba diving
2) Bat wings
3) Wading in Lake Superior and feeling the sharp rocks right through my water shoes

And here’s my poem first draft:

My Feet
need gentle things:

rainy springs,
rippling rings.

Come, fuzzy socks,
for splintered docks
and jagged rocks.

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

Oops, I cut it all I could and still sort of maintain the rhythm, and I’m at 16 words (titles don’t count:>) Oh well. SOME people (you know who you are!) have gone over egregiously in the past, so I’m just going to give myself that one extra word! :>)

Now,?what does this picture make YOU think of??Take any quick idea and jot down a 15 Words or Less poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme or describe this picture. This is just a jumping-off spot. And this is just a fun exercise–don’t worry about creating a polished poem right now!

120 Responses

  1. Laura- I’m glad you posted your poem even if it “break the rules.” I relate to your fuzzy socks stanza. I like my thick fuzzy SmartWool socks for cold floors on winter mornings.

    Dressed Wrong for the Party

    Oh, dear,
    my head just reels.
    I wore flats
    when I should be in heels.

    1. Thanks, cindyb! Our main level where I usually work all day is tile, so I’m now into sock season:>) Love the voice here. The phrasing of those first two lines gives me such a sense of character!

  2. Laura- I’m glad you posted your poem even if it “break the rules.” I relate to your fuzzy socks stanza. I like my thick fuzzy SmartWool socks for cold floors on winter mornings.

    Dressed Wrong for the Party

    Oh, dear,
    my head just reels.
    I wore flats
    when I should be in heels.

    1. Thanks, cindyb! Our main level where I usually work all day is tile, so I’m now into sock season:>) Love the voice here. The phrasing of those first two lines gives me such a sense of character!

  3. how different
    our crockery & cutlery
    would be
    our sandals

    with toes & fingers
    webbed

  4. how different
    our crockery & cutlery
    would be
    our sandals

    with toes & fingers
    webbed

  5. 16 words? Oh Laura.…you are living on the edge today! I love it! And I love your poem. Very cozy sounding. I can just see a smiling duck with fuzzy socks!

    Duck & Shore: The Moment of Truth

    ?Though you rock,?
    said Duck to Shore?
    It?s the lake that I adore.

    ~Penny Klostermann

    1. Oops.…I accidentally hit something and entered my poem before I completed my formatting. I meant to include more quotation marks, as follows:

      Duck & Shore: The Moment of Truth

      ?Though you rock,?
      said Duck to Shore?
      “It?s the lake that I adore.”

      ~Penny Klostermann

  6. 16 words? Oh Laura.…you are living on the edge today! I love it! And I love your poem. Very cozy sounding. I can just see a smiling duck with fuzzy socks!

    Duck & Shore: The Moment of Truth

    ?Though you rock,?
    said Duck to Shore?
    It?s the lake that I adore.

    ~Penny Klostermann

    1. Oops.…I accidentally hit something and entered my poem before I completed my formatting. I meant to include more quotation marks, as follows:

      Duck & Shore: The Moment of Truth

      ?Though you rock,?
      said Duck to Shore?
      “It?s the lake that I adore.”

      ~Penny Klostermann

    1. Oh Susanna — I can hear an entire Seuss-like poem starting from this! Love it!

    1. Oh Susanna — I can hear an entire Seuss-like poem starting from this! Love it!

  7. Love all the “r” sounds, Laura!

    HIGH SCHOOL

    Acutely aware
    of ears, a trip
    to the bathroom
    always involves
    a check of feet.

    © Diane Mayr

    1. Thanks, Diane. Not because of who might be listening, but I still find myself checking under bathroom doors constantly to see if they’re occupied, to see where my daughters are, etc.! I thought I’d be done with that by now:>)

  8. Love all the “r” sounds, Laura!

    HIGH SCHOOL

    Acutely aware
    of ears, a trip
    to the bathroom
    always involves
    a check of feet.

    © Diane Mayr

    1. Thanks, Diane. Not because of who might be listening, but I still find myself checking under bathroom doors constantly to see if they’re occupied, to see where my daughters are, etc.! I thought I’d be done with that by now:>)

  9. Looking down
    my feet are bare.
    Wonder what else
    I forgot to wear.

    Love yours, Laura. Especially the first verse.

  10. Looking down
    my feet are bare.
    Wonder what else
    I forgot to wear.

    Love yours, Laura. Especially the first verse.

  11. Mama ducks feet
    While not very sweet,
    Make a comfortable seat
    For ducklings.

    Sorry I didn’t get this in sooner, I just got home from school. Everyone is very creative and funny today! Great pic.

  12. Mama ducks feet
    While not very sweet,
    Make a comfortable seat
    For ducklings.

    Sorry I didn’t get this in sooner, I just got home from school. Everyone is very creative and funny today! Great pic.

  13. Duck Chasers

    Along the sand, she quacks and quacks.
    We follow, waddling, in her tracks.

    But when she hops onto the rocks
    We lose the trail of where she walks.

  14. Duck Chasers

    Along the sand, she quacks and quacks.
    We follow, waddling, in her tracks.

    But when she hops onto the rocks
    We lose the trail of where she walks.

  15. Great poem, Laura! My feet need soft, gentle things, too.

    Not the Same

    Waddle-waddle.
    Walk, walk.
    Quack! Quack!
    Talkety-talk.
    Fly! Fly!
    Oh, my.
    You lucky duck!
    Sigh.

    Sigh.

    ~Janelle (Blue Sky, Big Dreams)

    1. Hmmm… I tried to format this differently, but it all came out like this when I posted it. Lines 1, 3, and 5 are supposed to be on the left-hand side, and all the others on the right-hand side.…

  16. Great poem, Laura! My feet need soft, gentle things, too.

    Not the Same

    Waddle-waddle.
    Walk, walk.
    Quack! Quack!
    Talkety-talk.
    Fly! Fly!
    Oh, my.
    You lucky duck!
    Sigh.

    Sigh.

    ~Janelle (Blue Sky, Big Dreams)

    1. Hmmm… I tried to format this differently, but it all came out like this when I posted it. Lines 1, 3, and 5 are supposed to be on the left-hand side, and all the others on the right-hand side.…

  17. Today’s posts are hilarious and so much fun! Here’s a try:

    Webbed are you — caught up in your own feet.
    Webbed: Are you caught up in your own feet?

    I like the idea of using punctuation to alter meaning. Does anyone know if the second expression is correctly punctuated? I think it’s ok, but I couldn’t find a source to confirm it.

    1. It *is* interesting how punctuation can change the meaning of something so completely. As far as I can tell, the second one is correctly punctuated.

    2. I agree, Hannah Ruth (do you go by Hannah or Hannah Ruth?). That’s part of the fun of making the kind of found poem, too, when you take the exact words from a source but play with their meaning by spacing and punctuation. Have you seen Marilyn Singer’s wonderful Mirror Mirror? Punctuation is KING in those terrific reversos. For that second one, I think it’s correct IF you are tablking directly to someone or something and you’re addressing that being as “Webbed,” as if it’s the name. Or…if you’re defining Webbed. I like your two variations!

  18. Today’s posts are hilarious and so much fun! Here’s a try:

    Webbed are you — caught up in your own feet.
    Webbed: Are you caught up in your own feet?

    I like the idea of using punctuation to alter meaning. Does anyone know if the second expression is correctly punctuated? I think it’s ok, but I couldn’t find a source to confirm it.

    1. It *is* interesting how punctuation can change the meaning of something so completely. As far as I can tell, the second one is correctly punctuated.

    2. I agree, Hannah Ruth (do you go by Hannah or Hannah Ruth?). That’s part of the fun of making the kind of found poem, too, when you take the exact words from a source but play with their meaning by spacing and punctuation. Have you seen Marilyn Singer’s wonderful Mirror Mirror? Punctuation is KING in those terrific reversos. For that second one, I think it’s correct IF you are tablking directly to someone or something and you’re addressing that being as “Webbed,” as if it’s the name. Or…if you’re defining Webbed. I like your two variations!

  19. MR. DUCK PREPARES

    Two webbed
    gossamer pads
    waddle into ocean
    for afternoon bath before his
    big date.

    © Charles Waters 2012 all rights reserved.

  20. MR. DUCK PREPARES

    Two webbed
    gossamer pads
    waddle into ocean
    for afternoon bath before his
    big date.

    © Charles Waters 2012 all rights reserved.

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