Airplane Window [15 Words or Less Poems]

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

view out an airplane window
Photo: Laura P. Salas

I took this picture on an overseas flight a couple of years ago. There’s something about seeing clouds from overhead that makes me feel a lot safer while flying–totally irrational, but I can’t help it. It’s like they’re a safety net waiting to catch me.

This picture makes me think of:

  1. Camping with friends in hot weather, when we would just spread sleeping bags wall to wall and lie on top of them
  2. What if the sky were made of a vanilla malt? Or a marshmallow malt (had one of those a couple of years ago and it was amazing)?
  3. Clouds painted on the ceiling of a huge, beautiful room in a library I visited a couple of years ago (perhaps in Boston?)

And, here’s my first draft.


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) If you leave a poem in the comments, and if it’s 15 words or less, I’ll try to respond!

76 Responses

  1. Occasionally
    Air machines
    Cloud blankets
    And sky nymphs
    Dancing in the atmosphere
    Like stars

    1. I love how you used “air machines” instead of airplanes! Gives this whole poem a magical fairy/steampunk feel!

    2. Amelia, I immediately thought of naming images one sees when staring at clouds from the ground. I will be looking for a nymph.

  2. parachutes off moonbeams
    marble-skies of


    cheating all my


    Poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. I love that opening line, Jessica. It makes me think of a some little creature ina picture book exploring the night sky and then parachuting safely home:>) I also love the marble skies of clouded words. Beautiful!

      1. Thank you what a wonderful image maybe I will build a story out of those lines 🙂

    1. Cindy, weather forecasts would be so much more fun if reported in rhyme. Lovely!

  3. (Hurricane Patricia pushed her way through here, leaving a trail of mist.)

    Stratus clouds
    fill the world with mist.
    I walk through…

  4. Oh Laura, I feel just the opposite of you. I like clear skies or scattered clouds when flying.


    Paid extra money.
    Twitched in line.
    Got a window seat!
    View’s just fine -

    till take-off.

    1. I empathize with your feelings Ellie, but I also feel some comfort in the bank of clouds that seem to be “lifting” the plane.

    2. Heehee–I hate the window seat, as I generally spend the flight trying to convince myself that I’m not 30,000 feet in the air:>) I love your verb “twitched” here.

  5. With Thanksgiving fast approaching, I’ve changed the plane window to the window in my oven.

    Holiday Calories Don’t Count

    Mounds of melting marshmallows
    shield yummy yams
    full of fall flavors
    awaiting turkey day.

      1. Thank you Donna. Turkey day one of my favorites. Now, after reading yours, I’m ready to crawl back in bed! Love the title and the hint of Christmas.

      1. Same with my family Linda, but if they are toasted a bit some can be tempted.

    1. Oh, Martha, if only your title were true. I just left my Weight Watchers meeting, where my weigh-in was less than spectacular (but not surprising:>) Your poem made my mouth water.

  6. This one just makes me think of so many things. They all converged in this.

    Comfort and Joy

    Down-filled sky
    Winter’s nigh
    Growing grayer
    Another layer
    Now to bed
    Whispered prayer

    Donna JT Smith, all rights reserved

    1. Love this! I like how your first line’s image and the last word tie is all together.

    2. Ooh, Donna, this is one of my favorites. It feels so wintry and cozy and beautiful. Lovely!

  7. I had to really think to come up with something besides cotton balls.
    That was my first thought, but then it also looked a little like snow.
    Thanks for this site, Laura, as busy as you are. It does make us think.

    Winter Fun

    Play outside
    in lumpy snow.
    Come inside
    for hot cocoa
    with a melting

    1. You’re welcome, Pat–thank you for being part of our community! I love this, as those clouds work as both snow and marshmallows. Such a cozy poem:>)

    1. Yes–quilt batting. This picture makes me think of my mom, who used to quilt (still does, in very limited bits).

    1. I love your use of “plunge.” Works in different ways, both with the pond and the idea of leaves falling, temperatures plunging, leaves dying. A lot of connotation around that one word!

  8. I love your ending, Laura, takes it to a new idea! And I too feel good when we have that ‘cushion’ of clouds, seems right, doesn’t it?

    Imaginary Winter

    Snow fields wait
    for angels’ play.
    For them, it’s just
    another day.
    Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved

    1. Ooh, what a great idea, Linda! I’m totally picturing those snow angels in the clouds. Absolutely lovely.

    2. Love the image of angels playing on the clouds of snow fields… I wonder if they are the snow angels we make down here that disappear???

    1. Yes. The whole world feels so distant, like a memory somehow, when I’m flying. It might be there…or it might now. And that’s even when it’s NOT obscured by clouds. Love the mood of this. Thanks!

    1. Oh, this is fantastic. Cloud storage does really require a leap of faith, doesn’t it? When Google Docs were unavailable one day a couple of weeks ago, I thought of people who were relying on them for presentations and such, just left hanging.

      I love that second stanza, especially. So ethereal and formless and un-back-upable:>)

      1. AND I am telling you… (channeling the DREAM GIRLS soundtrack here):
        Someday paper and pen will be in again.
        Make that someday happen soon.
        My Google Chrome crashed the other day. Why? No clue.
        My computer screen was black this morning and would not go on.
        I pulled cords, turned the CPU off and on, prayed, waited, and thank goodness my computer was working.
        But I always fear THE DAY IT WON’T.

        I will not be in the Google Clouds. I will be in Computer Hellllllllllllllll. 😉

        Thank you for the kind words.
        Stream on.
        Stream on.

        1. Ack! I have those weeks occasionally, and they ARE pure hell. Right now, my iPhone is slowly suffocating due to minimal storage space and apps that keep getting bigger, and my laptop is going on three years old, so you know it’s ancient. Always waiting for the axe to fall…

      1. If a comment falls in the forest, can anyone ever read it? 😉
        I don’t understand why I am failing at posting at this stage of my brilliant career! Help me, Tech Titans! :(((

  9. Let me out
    To walk on the clouds
    Or swim in the sea
    of marshmellows

    Anne McKenna

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