[15 words or less poems] Blue Mood


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Happy 4th of July! I don’t know if anyone will stop by today, but I’m posting just in case:>)

Isn’t this pretty??Here’s what?this picture?makes me think of:

1)?A blue-jay feather
2) A snow wake from someone skiing
3) A splashy pool through goggles

And here’s my poem first draft:

Blue Jay Feather
Blustery day
Wind pulls trigger
Bold blue bullet floats to Earth
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

What do you think of when you look at this picture? Take any quick idea and jot down a 15 Words or Less poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme or describe this picture. It’s just about whatever you think of when you look at it.

142 Responses

  1. Up early, couldn’t sleep. Thought of red, white, and– on this July 4th, but nope. Wrote this instead.

    Blue

    Blue is
    the color of sadness
    but also of the best
    summer sky.

    ?Kate Coombs

  2. Up early, couldn’t sleep. Thought of red, white, and– on this July 4th, but nope. Wrote this instead.

    Blue

    Blue is
    the color of sadness
    but also of the best
    summer sky.

    ?Kate Coombs

    1. My sister was visiting recently and used my daughter’s shampoo–but then declined when it was blue. BTW, Janet Wong was saying wonderful things about you to a Wordsong editor at ALA. Were your ears burning? :>)

        1. Janet Wong, at a mostly poet dinner, was telling editor Rebecca Davis about some of the wonderful poets she had worked with through PFA, inc ones new to her. She mentioned two poets in particular, and you were one of them. Janet raved about your work, and Rebecca already knew who you were and was super complimentary about you, too. :>)

    1. My sister was visiting recently and used my daughter’s shampoo–but then declined when it was blue. BTW, Janet Wong was saying wonderful things about you to a Wordsong editor at ALA. Were your ears burning? :>)

        1. Janet Wong, at a mostly poet dinner, was telling editor Rebecca Davis about some of the wonderful poets she had worked with through PFA, inc ones new to her. She mentioned two poets in particular, and you were one of them. Janet raved about your work, and Rebecca already knew who you were and was super complimentary about you, too. :>)

    1. I want to know what happens next. And what happened before.

    1. I want to know what happens next. And what happened before.

  3. BLUE

    You
    remind me of blue?s
    infinite hues
    like sky and sea
    longing to be
    discovered.

    Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, all rights reserved

  4. BLUE

    You
    remind me of blue?s
    infinite hues
    like sky and sea
    longing to be
    discovered.

    Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum, all rights reserved

  5. Poster sized paper
    Watercolor whale
    Ran out of paint
    Not to scale.

  6. Poster sized paper
    Watercolor whale
    Ran out of paint
    Not to scale.

    1. Fun.
      I especially like the splattered sunbathers, explode, and shrieking.

    1. Fun.
      I especially like the splattered sunbathers, explode, and shrieking.

  7. blue blood flows
    through sweeping skies
    delivering life
    to weary eyes

  8. blue blood flows
    through sweeping skies
    delivering life
    to weary eyes

  9. The Dream

    Surfacing, silent,
    past kelp and sea foam floating,
    I wake up, gasping.

    ****
    Beneath

    Sunlight dances
    atop the ocean’s surface
    tickling the turtle
    peeking up from the depths.

    1. Both lovely, though I like The Dream the best. Love the mood in the first line, the concrete description in the second, and the action/twist in the third. Nicely done!

  10. The Dream

    Surfacing, silent,
    past kelp and sea foam floating,
    I wake up, gasping.

    ****
    Beneath

    Sunlight dances
    atop the ocean’s surface
    tickling the turtle
    peeking up from the depths.

    1. Both lovely, though I like The Dream the best. Love the mood in the first line, the concrete description in the second, and the action/twist in the third. Nicely done!

  11. Cup, flower,
    secret heart
    of rain shower.
    Ocean floor,
    bit of wing.
    The blues sing.

    ~Elisabeth M. Priest

  12. Cup, flower,
    secret heart
    of rain shower.
    Ocean floor,
    bit of wing.
    The blues sing.

    ~Elisabeth M. Priest

  13. Grainy glaze
    drips
    spots,
    like
    milk
    on
    butterfly wings.

  14. Grainy glaze
    drips
    spots,
    like
    milk
    on
    butterfly wings.

  15. I nearly forgot that it’s Thursday. My brain thinks it’s Saturday since I worked yesterday and today I’m off! Happy 4th everyone!

    The Blues

    They’re only true if
    unadulterated and
    infinitely deep.
    No shades, no hues
    in the blues.

    © Diane Mayr

  16. I nearly forgot that it’s Thursday. My brain thinks it’s Saturday since I worked yesterday and today I’m off! Happy 4th everyone!

    The Blues

    They’re only true if
    unadulterated and
    infinitely deep.
    No shades, no hues
    in the blues.

    © Diane Mayr

  17. This picture offers so many angles — and some very cool poems here!

    HOME

    Big blue
    speck of space
    dust;
    Whos, hoping to be heard.

    - ? 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine

    1. Awww…now I’m picturing them singing and shouting, “We are here! We are here!” Thanks, Horton–uh, I mean Matt!

  18. This picture offers so many angles — and some very cool poems here!

    HOME

    Big blue
    speck of space
    dust;
    Whos, hoping to be heard.

    - ? 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine

    1. Awww…now I’m picturing them singing and shouting, “We are here! We are here!” Thanks, Horton–uh, I mean Matt!

  19. blue skies
    blueberries
    blue moon
    blue Monday
    blue funk
    blue screen of death
    =
    emoti-color

  20. blue skies
    blueberries
    blue moon
    blue Monday
    blue funk
    blue screen of death
    =
    emoti-color

  21. NERVOUS FLYER
    Ascending toward cream puffed,
    cobalt celing, I experience
    Earth’s atmos — FEAR.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

  22. NERVOUS FLYER
    Ascending toward cream puffed,
    cobalt celing, I experience
    Earth’s atmos — FEAR.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

  23. Singing the blues
    in aqua hues
    and punctuated beats
    like Georgia O’Keefe’s.

    1. Ooh, I’m intrigued by Georgia O’Keefe. Did she sing, too? Or is the beats and blues in her paintings, and the singing is metaphorical? Must go explore.

      1. as far as I know, she wasn’t a singer. But when I look at her work, I feel as though I could hear the song in the painting as well as see it.Esp. when she has dots in it like this picture does. It really makes a beat within the music of the blue.

  24. Singing the blues
    in aqua hues
    and punctuated beats
    like Georgia O’Keefe’s.

    1. Ooh, I’m intrigued by Georgia O’Keefe. Did she sing, too? Or is the beats and blues in her paintings, and the singing is metaphorical? Must go explore.

      1. as far as I know, she wasn’t a singer. But when I look at her work, I feel as though I could hear the song in the painting as well as see it.Esp. when she has dots in it like this picture does. It really makes a beat within the music of the blue.

  25. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

    Red- anticipation.
    White is exclamation.
    Blue because they’re through.

    Laura, I really liked your blue jay poem. Loved the wind pulling the trigger and the feather being the bullet.

  26. FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS

    Red- anticipation.
    White is exclamation.
    Blue because they’re through.

    Laura, I really liked your blue jay poem. Loved the wind pulling the trigger and the feather being the bullet.

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