[15 words or less poems] Who Knows?

 


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

I think you’ll know right away what this is, but I’m not going to say in case anyone doesn’t know. It’s fun to write poems inspired by an ambiguous image! Here’s what this one makes me think of:

1) A caterpillar toy for babies, where each segment is a different color
2) Pregnant bellies, all lined up in a row
3) Candy

And here’s my poem first draft:

Doctor’s Waiting Room
Why schedule five
pregnant women one
morning?
We wait, uncomfortably
wedged
into unsuspecting
non-expecting chairs.

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

What do you think of when you look at this picture? Take any idea and jot down a quick 15 Words or Less poem. Have fun!

64 Responses

  1. Bikini weather is coming.
    Time to take the black drapes
    off the mirrors.

  2. Bikini weather is coming.
    Time to take the black drapes
    off the mirrors.

  3. Easter morning…
    jelly beans in plastic eggs
    in cellophane grass

    © Diane Mayr

    1. This image completely sums up Easter morning. Our girls are 17 and 20, and this was STILL our Easter morning last month.

  4. Easter morning…
    jelly beans in plastic eggs
    in cellophane grass

    © Diane Mayr

    1. This image completely sums up Easter morning. Our girls are 17 and 20, and this was STILL our Easter morning last month.

  5. Well, Laura, I thought of pregnant bellies, too, but didn’t go farther as you did. Terrific (or terrifying) to imagine!

    What was hidden,
    twice revealed
    in reflection bold.
    Now is the story told?
    ?Linda Baie, 2013

  6. Well, Laura, I thought of pregnant bellies, too, but didn’t go farther as you did. Terrific (or terrifying) to imagine!

    What was hidden,
    twice revealed
    in reflection bold.
    Now is the story told?
    ?Linda Baie, 2013

    1. Yes! Silly Putty on the comics–still fun today, though it’s been several years since I last did that. Love Dick Tracy’s sagging jaw.

    1. Yes! Silly Putty on the comics–still fun today, though it’s been several years since I last did that. Love Dick Tracy’s sagging jaw.

  7. Poor porcupine
    Left flat balloons behind.
    Try this plastic kind
    To make that pop, pop, popping stop.

  8. Poor porcupine
    Left flat balloons behind.
    Try this plastic kind
    To make that pop, pop, popping stop.

  9. Oh I love this, Laura especially your onternal rhyme, wonderful.

    The kids waited 1,2,3
    for the ferris wheel lights
    to say next it’s me.

  10. Oh I love this, Laura especially your onternal rhyme, wonderful.

    The kids waited 1,2,3
    for the ferris wheel lights
    to say next it’s me.

  11. Mirror sings true:
    “Easter Bunny is ready
    for his close-up,
    Mr. DeMille!”
    Hop to it!

  12. Mirror sings true:
    “Easter Bunny is ready
    for his close-up,
    Mr. DeMille!”
    Hop to it!

  13. Baby laughs
    And shrieks with joy
    Mauling his favorite
    Caterpillar toy

    Love this picture but have no clue what it is. 🙂 always love the way babies so innocently break and shred things, which inspired this poem.

  14. Baby laughs
    And shrieks with joy
    Mauling his favorite
    Caterpillar toy

    Love this picture but have no clue what it is. 🙂 always love the way babies so innocently break and shred things, which inspired this poem.

  15. Hard hats hang
    Waiting for workers
    To finish the playground…
    Please hurry!

  16. Hard hats hang
    Waiting for workers
    To finish the playground…
    Please hurry!

  17. Plastic eggs
    Hang to dry.
    Maybe next year
    The chocolate won’t melt.

    1. Oh, I hope not! Here in Minnesota, freezing is the issue with Easter candy, not melting. And one year, we put the eggs out the night before, and creatures had gotten to some of them, opened them, and scurried off with the candy! Thanks for playing 15 Words or Less!

  18. Plastic eggs
    Hang to dry.
    Maybe next year
    The chocolate won’t melt.

    1. Oh, I hope not! Here in Minnesota, freezing is the issue with Easter candy, not melting. And one year, we put the eggs out the night before, and creatures had gotten to some of them, opened them, and scurried off with the candy! Thanks for playing 15 Words or Less!

  19. IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
    Dangling by shredded wire
    Traffic lights pulsate
    During thunderstorm.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

    1. Great image–it’s always scary when a storm is powerful enough to down (or almost down) the traffic lights. Or even when the wind is just so strong that the light posts are waving up and down. I like “pulsate” in here…

  20. IN THE BELLY OF THE BEAST
    Dangling by shredded wire
    Traffic lights pulsate
    During thunderstorm.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

    1. Great image–it’s always scary when a storm is powerful enough to down (or almost down) the traffic lights. Or even when the wind is just so strong that the light posts are waving up and down. I like “pulsate” in here…

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