Hello, and welcome! This is 15 Words or Less Poems, a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here), and I’m very glad you’re here.
Hello, writer and educator friends. My life grows ever more intense (I really didn’t think that was possible), and I miss you guys!
When Randy and I were at the airport a couple of weeks ago to meet Maddie as she came home to visit from Scotland, a traveler sat down at the piano (as invited by signage) and played something. I could barely hear the music, but the notes floated by in a lovely counterpoint to the announcements about not leaving bags unattended, etc. Despite some very hard moments this summer, I also have a whole collection of wonderful ones. Moments when family, or friends, or even strangers went out of their way to make the world, my world, our world, a more wonderful place. This image makes me think of:
- Charlotte’s Web (though I couldn’t tell you why)
- that feeling of being underwater…sort of separate from the world
- being lost in music or art
And here’s my first draft. It doesn’t work at all without the image, and I feel like my poems this summer have all been so heavy and un-kid-friendly. But…that’s what is coming out. It is what it is.
Blanket statement for July/August. Hope you’re having a wonderful summer. Mine is overwhelmingly busy and emotional. When you Comment, I get an email, and I will be doing my best to read every poem you guys write. But my availability over the summer to comment on each poem will be limited. I hope you’ll write because you love it and enjoy this community. Please know I value your participation, even if I am not able to respond much this month.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count)