[15 words or less poems] Eeek!

 


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Oh, my funny brother-in-law and sister-in-law. When we went to their house for games shortly after Easter, they stashed this Easter decoration in the tub so that I almost had a heart attack when I went into the bathroom. I’m the easiest person in the world to scare–just ask my husband, who’s always sneaking around corners and making me scream. Anyway, here’s what this creepy picture makes me think of:

1) Hide-and-seek gone wrong
2) Voyeurs of the animal kingdom
3) A shy kid on the first day of school who hides in the bathroom

And here’s my poem first draft:

First-Day Escape
Strangers, loudspeakers,
cubbies, hall passes–
I sneak book to bathroom
and breathe free
–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.

60 Responses

  1. I remember those days. :0) Here’s my first draft Laura-

    Shaking up Easter

    This bunny needs some glee.
    Instead of hiding pretty eggs,
    This year, I’m hiding ME!
    — Donna L Sadd, all rights reserved

  2. I remember those days. :0) Here’s my first draft Laura-

    Shaking up Easter

    This bunny needs some glee.
    Instead of hiding pretty eggs,
    This year, I’m hiding ME!
    — Donna L Sadd, all rights reserved

  3. “Where are you hiding?
    I know that you’re real!”
    The endless search
    for Easter Bunny

    They shoulda looked in the bathtub. 🙂 Love your poem, Ms. Salas!

    1. There is nothing better than kids who believe in the magic of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, etc. Sigh. Thanks for reminding me:>)

  4. “Where are you hiding?
    I know that you’re real!”
    The endless search
    for Easter Bunny

    They shoulda looked in the bathtub. 🙂 Love your poem, Ms. Salas!

    1. There is nothing better than kids who believe in the magic of the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, etc. Sigh. Thanks for reminding me:>)

  5. there is safety
    in the tub
    when it’s empty…
    that’s the rub!

    hiding in the bathroom, ah, the memories. of course, i only hid there from the bullies. how did they always know to look there?

  6. there is safety
    in the tub
    when it’s empty…
    that’s the rub!

    hiding in the bathroom, ah, the memories. of course, i only hid there from the bullies. how did they always know to look there?

  7. Bunnies in the bath–so demonic! I’m going in another direction!

    forsythia…
    under the blossoms
    the twitch of a nose

    © Diane Mayr
    Before it was ripped out, the forsythia bush on a neighborhood corner was a hiding spot for wildlife.

    1. Gor. Geous. The details of forsythia and that tiny twitch. I have a beautiful watercolor image in my head now. And there’s been the cutest baby bunny, maybe 6–8″ long, grazing around/under the spirea bushes around the patio. I’ve been watching him/her all week.

    2. Love this–a complete scene in under 9 words. (I’ve been playing with a few haikus, and you’re helping me see how far I still have to go.)

  8. Bunnies in the bath–so demonic! I’m going in another direction!

    forsythia…
    under the blossoms
    the twitch of a nose

    © Diane Mayr
    Before it was ripped out, the forsythia bush on a neighborhood corner was a hiding spot for wildlife.

    1. Gor. Geous. The details of forsythia and that tiny twitch. I have a beautiful watercolor image in my head now. And there’s been the cutest baby bunny, maybe 6–8″ long, grazing around/under the spirea bushes around the patio. I’ve been watching him/her all week.

    2. Love this–a complete scene in under 9 words. (I’ve been playing with a few haikus, and you’re helping me see how far I still have to go.)

  9. I had to write one for you, too, Laura. Sorry you’re always being scared! We had a mannequin at school that people were always moving around into empty rooms-startled us when we entered every time!
    For Laura

    Peek a bunny
    Peek-a-boo!
    Guess it?s not funny
    but we love scaring you!

    and another:

    Help!
    Enough of the hiding;
    Easter is over!
    I need to escape,
    and return to clover.

    1. Love your exasperated Easter Bunny! And–shudder. Mannequins and lifesize cardboard cutouts are just wrong. That cardboard guy at the post office scared me for months!

  10. I had to write one for you, too, Laura. Sorry you’re always being scared! We had a mannequin at school that people were always moving around into empty rooms-startled us when we entered every time!
    For Laura

    Peek a bunny
    Peek-a-boo!
    Guess it?s not funny
    but we love scaring you!

    and another:

    Help!
    Enough of the hiding;
    Easter is over!
    I need to escape,
    and return to clover.

    1. Love your exasperated Easter Bunny! And–shudder. Mannequins and lifesize cardboard cutouts are just wrong. That cardboard guy at the post office scared me for months!

    1. Ha! Fabulous job working in the picture’s setting to your poem. I pity the bunny who has to get around via sewer pipes!

    1. Ha! Fabulous job working in the picture’s setting to your poem. I pity the bunny who has to get around via sewer pipes!

  11. Pinky’s pet pig
    rolls in peony petals,
    Pinky makes mud pies
    while Piggy nips nettles.

    All that pink made me think pigs. Love the phrase “sneak book”–I hear it as a compound verb, and it makes me want to sneak book it out of here and go play in my sunny garden.

  12. Pinky’s pet pig
    rolls in peony petals,
    Pinky makes mud pies
    while Piggy nips nettles.

    All that pink made me think pigs. Love the phrase “sneak book”–I hear it as a compound verb, and it makes me want to sneak book it out of here and go play in my sunny garden.

  13. Beautiful poem, Laura!

    Look at Pinky
    quick from sinky
    super slinky
    bath tub winky.

    sneaky

  14. Beautiful poem, Laura!

    Look at Pinky
    quick from sinky
    super slinky
    bath tub winky.

    sneaky

  15. Pink bunnies are too girly for a guy like me! I went a different route:

    Pink pawprints
    upon the wall…
    beware -
    evil may befall!
    Terror lurks
    in the shower stall.

    -Matt Forrest Esenwine

  16. Pink bunnies are too girly for a guy like me! I went a different route:

    Pink pawprints
    upon the wall…
    beware -
    evil may befall!
    Terror lurks
    in the shower stall.

    -Matt Forrest Esenwine

  17. Unaware, received a scare!
    Bathtub bunny thinks it’s funny.
    Don’t do
    peek-a-boo
    here!
    Now disappear!

  18. Unaware, received a scare!
    Bathtub bunny thinks it’s funny.
    Don’t do
    peek-a-boo
    here!
    Now disappear!

  19. Hidden, quiet
    still as a toy
    safe from the pedophile,
    a scared little boy.

  20. Hidden, quiet
    still as a toy
    safe from the pedophile,
    a scared little boy.

  21. I have 3 poems. Do you have a favorite?

    CONSTANT MUCHIES
    Eastern cottontail
    devours freshly pulled weeds -
    Garbage disposal.

    JACKPOT
    A Cottontail drenched in hunger,
    Malnourished as a cotton swab
    furiously scarves down
    Leafy weeds.

    VEGETABLE GARDEN
    Rabbit
    Plays peek-a-boo
    With an impervious
    Turtle who’s busy scoping his
    Next meal.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

  22. I have 3 poems. Do you have a favorite?

    CONSTANT MUCHIES
    Eastern cottontail
    devours freshly pulled weeds -
    Garbage disposal.

    JACKPOT
    A Cottontail drenched in hunger,
    Malnourished as a cotton swab
    furiously scarves down
    Leafy weeds.

    VEGETABLE GARDEN
    Rabbit
    Plays peek-a-boo
    With an impervious
    Turtle who’s busy scoping his
    Next meal.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

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