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.
Before we get to today’s picture, congratulations to Lauren McBride, longtime 15 Words or Less contributor, on her poem at YourDailyPoem.com. I subscribe to Your Daily Poem, and I always cheer to see a poet friend there! Maybe you’d have a moment to stop by and leave a comment for her?
OK, on to our writing! I had to look back through pictures from our trip to figure out where this staircase was. Turns out it’s inside the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. This image makes me think of several things:
- chambered nautilus
- chambers of the heart
And here’s my first draft. It came from several places. My daughter Maddie (in her early 20s) was there at the Arc with us, and she is home for a visit before moving to Cyprus to serve refugees and other people in need. I am filled with love and pride. And as I write this, I have just learned of the death of a friend’s child, who was also only in his 20s. She is devastated, and the whole world feels ripped apart. It reminds me of this…
It’s your turn! Have fun with the image and don’t feel your poem needs to be in any way affected by mine! Be sure to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)