[15 words or less] Stubble

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Photo: Laura Purdie Salas
Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines are here)!

Welcome to my new blog! I’m still decorating and organizing, but I hope to start posting again next week!

Here’s what this picture makes me think of:

1) Joysticks
2) Razor stubble
3) Buttons

And here’s my poem first draft:

Electric Razor
Iron stubble erupts
from stone skin
Lightning gives Mountain Man
a close-shaven chin
–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.

78 Responses

  1. LIFE

    This climb is hard.
    I have been scarred.
    I reach and grope.

    There’s always hope.

    Nice new place! I’ve subscribed!

    1. Thanks, Cindyb–still have some sprucing up to do:>) Love this–those blocky, one-syllable words all the way to the last line. And scarred–gorgeous choice. More serious than usual for you, but it still has your style!

  2. LIFE

    This climb is hard.
    I have been scarred.
    I reach and grope.

    There’s always hope.

    Nice new place! I’ve subscribed!

    1. Thanks, Cindyb–still have some sprucing up to do:>) Love this–those blocky, one-syllable words all the way to the last line. And scarred–gorgeous choice. More serious than usual for you, but it still has your style!

  3. I love the clean, bright look of your new blog! And your poem is fun, too!

    This one’s even shorter than most of my haiku! Five words. Maybe later I’ll expand it.

    Tootsies Beware!

    Rubble
    stubble
    for feet
    trouble.

    Diane Mayr

  4. I love the clean, bright look of your new blog! And your poem is fun, too!

    This one’s even shorter than most of my haiku! Five words. Maybe later I’ll expand it.

    Tootsies Beware!

    Rubble
    stubble
    for feet
    trouble.

    Diane Mayr

  5. I remember this photo from several months back! Here’s what I came up with this time. Kinda goofy, but that was the image in my head!

    THEY’RE READY

    God made Heaven, Earth, and Sun.
    The timers ‘popped’ when they were done.

    -Matt Forrest Esenwine

  6. I remember this photo from several months back! Here’s what I came up with this time. Kinda goofy, but that was the image in my head!

    THEY’RE READY

    God made Heaven, Earth, and Sun.
    The timers ‘popped’ when they were done.

    -Matt Forrest Esenwine

  7. I like your new website and “iron stubble.” Here’s what came to my mind:

    One Step at a Time

    Stretching and scrambling,
    I reached each next stop,
    and found myself standing
    right at the top.

    1. Thanks, Liz–it’s just the blog that’s new–moved it over to be part of my pre-existing website. I do love the whiteness of it:>)

      I like your verbs–nice hopeful message, too.

  8. I like your new website and “iron stubble.” Here’s what came to my mind:

    One Step at a Time

    Stretching and scrambling,
    I reached each next stop,
    and found myself standing
    right at the top.

    1. Thanks, Liz–it’s just the blog that’s new–moved it over to be part of my pre-existing website. I do love the whiteness of it:>)

      I like your verbs–nice hopeful message, too.

  9. MOUNTAIN GOD’S BIRTHDAY

    Celebrate and shimmy and shake!
    Then we’ll have some birthday cake.

    Nice looking blog.

  10. MOUNTAIN GOD’S BIRTHDAY

    Celebrate and shimmy and shake!
    Then we’ll have some birthday cake.

    Nice looking blog.

  11. Sometimes,
    holding it all together
    by yourself is too hard.
    That’s why
    we have
    friends.

    1. Lovely, Diane. I don’t know what these doohickeys are called, but I was surprised on our Hoover Dam tour to learn that’s what their job was. Great friend analogy!

  12. Sometimes,
    holding it all together
    by yourself is too hard.
    That’s why
    we have
    friends.

    1. Lovely, Diane. I don’t know what these doohickeys are called, but I was surprised on our Hoover Dam tour to learn that’s what their job was. Great friend analogy!

  13. I haven’t been here in forever, and didn’t do any writing all summer (ack!), but I’m hoping to change both of those trends now. I’m a little rusty, and couldn’t quite manage to keep it to 15 words, sorry!

    The goal: the top.
    Climb. Don?t stop.
    One step, then one more.
    The world awaits ? explore!

    Laura, I love your poem and the personification of the mountain.

    1. Oooh, nice. Welcome back, Janelle! I’ve been away except for 15WOL for a couple of months, too. Good to see everyone! I really like the way your words get more expansive as your poem goes on. Really echoes what I take away as the mood/content.

  14. I haven’t been here in forever, and didn’t do any writing all summer (ack!), but I’m hoping to change both of those trends now. I’m a little rusty, and couldn’t quite manage to keep it to 15 words, sorry!

    The goal: the top.
    Climb. Don?t stop.
    One step, then one more.
    The world awaits ? explore!

    Laura, I love your poem and the personification of the mountain.

    1. Oooh, nice. Welcome back, Janelle! I’ve been away except for 15WOL for a couple of months, too. Good to see everyone! I really like the way your words get more expansive as your poem goes on. Really echoes what I take away as the mood/content.

    1. Isn’t that the truth? Occasionally, instinct sounds better than free will. Not often, but every once in a while it would take the pressure off:>)

    1. Isn’t that the truth? Occasionally, instinct sounds better than free will. Not often, but every once in a while it would take the pressure off:>)

  15. Little seedlings
    Poking up
    Adapted; recreated
    Rubber trees

    Don’t know why this made me think of trees… 🙂 Love everybody’s creativity today!

  16. Little seedlings
    Poking up
    Adapted; recreated
    Rubber trees

    Don’t know why this made me think of trees… 🙂 Love everybody’s creativity today!

  17. That rock does look like a rough patch of stubbly skin!
    Love the white space, Laura.

    UP

    Lagging behind
    I climb
    steel studs scattered
    like metal breadcrumbs.

    ? Andria W. Rosenbaum

    1. Thank you, Andria–yes, white space! I need more of it on my site and in my brain!

      Love this idea of metal breadcrumbs. We all need a trail to follow!

  18. That rock does look like a rough patch of stubbly skin!
    Love the white space, Laura.

    UP

    Lagging behind
    I climb
    steel studs scattered
    like metal breadcrumbs.

    ? Andria W. Rosenbaum

    1. Thank you, Andria–yes, white space! I need more of it on my site and in my brain!

      Love this idea of metal breadcrumbs. We all need a trail to follow!

  19. MOUNTAIN GLORY

    Skittering up
    Pockmarked,
    Fuchsia spackled
    Rubble.
    Buckling under
    Heavenly skies
    When reaching
    My moment
    Glory.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

    1. So many strong words in such a short poem–I esp love skittering, pockmarked, spackled, and buckling. They bring that hard, rough mountain to life!

  20. MOUNTAIN GLORY

    Skittering up
    Pockmarked,
    Fuchsia spackled
    Rubble.
    Buckling under
    Heavenly skies
    When reaching
    My moment
    Glory.

    © Charles Waters 2013 all rights reserved.

    1. So many strong words in such a short poem–I esp love skittering, pockmarked, spackled, and buckling. They bring that hard, rough mountain to life!

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