Bell [15 words or less poems]

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

15WOLs

I love bells. I really like the big, gongy kind, but pretty much any curved metal makes me happy. This image makes me think of:

1) a jewel
2) the Seven Dwarves (not sure why, but metal makes me think of mining, I guess, which made the SD pop into my head)
3) a silver goblet

And here’s my?first draft.

Belle of the Ball

Perfect curves

Silver laugh

Endless patience

Doesn’t need a a ring

?-Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)??

 

 

118 Responses

  1. Hand hovers
    Shaking, unsure
    Do I know this answer?
    DING!

    I kind of thought of jeopardy for some reason. Like the picture 🙂

  2. Hand hovers
    Shaking, unsure
    Do I know this answer?
    DING!

    I kind of thought of jeopardy for some reason. Like the picture 🙂

  3. This very bell sits on my desk. It is used only to silent rowdy children and usually rung in frustration.

    The harsh clang
    of metal
    to metal
    tell all
    to hush–
    silence echoes sound.

    –Margaret

    1. I bet you don’t ring it very often, Margaret:>) Love the hard, metallic sound of “clang.” Perfect.

  4. This very bell sits on my desk. It is used only to silent rowdy children and usually rung in frustration.

    The harsh clang
    of metal
    to metal
    tell all
    to hush–
    silence echoes sound.

    –Margaret

    1. I bet you don’t ring it very often, Margaret:>) Love the hard, metallic sound of “clang.” Perfect.

    1. Happens while watching TV, not sure it’s always a bell that awakens me! Cute.

    1. Happens while watching TV, not sure it’s always a bell that awakens me! Cute.

  5. INSTRUCTIONS TO A CHILD

    “Just tap one time
    and it will bring
    someone to help-
    just one tap.” Ping!
    PING-PING-PING-PING-PING!

    (And just like that child, I disobey and go over my 15 word count!)

    1. An urge not to be taken lightly. Happens more often than not. Love the image.

    2. the funny thing is most times it takes moor than one ding to get someone’s attention

    3. I am literally laughing out loud at this one, Cindy. Hysterical! One of my 15WOL all-time favorites, I think!

  6. INSTRUCTIONS TO A CHILD

    “Just tap one time
    and it will bring
    someone to help-
    just one tap.” Ping!
    PING-PING-PING-PING-PING!

    (And just like that child, I disobey and go over my 15 word count!)

    1. An urge not to be taken lightly. Happens more often than not. Love the image.

    2. the funny thing is most times it takes moor than one ding to get someone’s attention

    3. I am literally laughing out loud at this one, Cindy. Hysterical! One of my 15WOL all-time favorites, I think!

  7. “Ding” is supposed to be in italics, but I used caps here.

    Bell

    On an old
    wooden counter,
    small strange
    store.
    DING
    to call
    for fairy service.

    ?Kate Coombs

    1. There is always a bit hesitancy when ringing a bell on a counter. I like the outcome with your bell.

    2. Oh, wouldn’t that be nice. That belongs in a a curiosity shoppe (and a book), for sure.

  8. “Ding” is supposed to be in italics, but I used caps here.

    Bell

    On an old
    wooden counter,
    small strange
    store.
    DING
    to call
    for fairy service.

    ?Kate Coombs

    1. There is always a bit hesitancy when ringing a bell on a counter. I like the outcome with your bell.

    2. Oh, wouldn’t that be nice. That belongs in a a curiosity shoppe (and a book), for sure.

  9. Tea Anyone

    My copper kettle
    short and stout
    has whistling steam vent
    but no handle or spout.

    Your photography, as usual, is outstanding. I was musing on a verse that would address the images in the bell, but I regressed to my childhood.

    1. Poetry goes where it will, Martha:>) Loved the sounds that “whistling steam” made me hear.

  10. Tea Anyone

    My copper kettle
    short and stout
    has whistling steam vent
    but no handle or spout.

    Your photography, as usual, is outstanding. I was musing on a verse that would address the images in the bell, but I regressed to my childhood.

    1. Poetry goes where it will, Martha:>) Loved the sounds that “whistling steam” made me hear.

  11. I like that ‘silver laugh’, Laura. What memories this brought to me.

    Ears Still Ringing

    Ding, ding
    attention
    ding, ding
    project choice
    ding, ding
    inside voice
    ding, ding

    Recess!!
    Linda Baie ?All Rights Reserved

  12. I like that ‘silver laugh’, Laura. What memories this brought to me.

    Ears Still Ringing

    Ding, ding
    attention
    ding, ding
    project choice
    ding, ding
    inside voice
    ding, ding

    Recess!!
    Linda Baie ?All Rights Reserved

  13. Your image reminded me of summers working in a resort hotel.

    Front Desk

    Like Pavlov?s dogs
    The bell-hops hop
    Every time the bell bongs.

  14. Your image reminded me of summers working in a resort hotel.

    Front Desk

    Like Pavlov?s dogs
    The bell-hops hop
    Every time the bell bongs.

  15. did anyone ales notice the reflections of the people

    Mores Code

    jingle
    jangle
    ding
    ding
    ding
    tap
    tap
    stuck
    inside
    Help

    1. I did see the reflections in the bell Jessica and sometimes it is very tempting to keep tapping that bell.

  16. did anyone ales notice the reflections of the people

    Mores Code

    jingle
    jangle
    ding
    ding
    ding
    tap
    tap
    stuck
    inside
    Help

    1. I did see the reflections in the bell Jessica and sometimes it is very tempting to keep tapping that bell.

  17. My attempts at posting seem to be failing this morning–I apologize if my multiple tries are actually posting. Maybe the third time is the charm?

    Pencils ready.…
    Start!

    sweaty hands
    blacken circles
    tap tables
    rub erasers

    Bell rings.…
    Stop!

    1. Third time is the charm Buffy. Looks as if it posted only once. You penned the definition of anxiety. I especially like tap tables and rub erasers used together.

    2. I did a school visit last week, and the kids had been testing all morning. Those sweaty hands (usually with black pencil on them!)…

  18. My attempts at posting seem to be failing this morning–I apologize if my multiple tries are actually posting. Maybe the third time is the charm?

    Pencils ready.…
    Start!

    sweaty hands
    blacken circles
    tap tables
    rub erasers

    Bell rings.…
    Stop!

    1. Third time is the charm Buffy. Looks as if it posted only once. You penned the definition of anxiety. I especially like tap tables and rub erasers used together.

    2. I did a school visit last week, and the kids had been testing all morning. Those sweaty hands (usually with black pencil on them!)…

    1. Boy, does this resonate (hehehe) with me. At fast food places, they’re all busy helping drive-thru, and nobody will give me my Cinnabon Delights. Just saying.

    1. Boy, does this resonate (hehehe) with me. At fast food places, they’re all busy helping drive-thru, and nobody will give me my Cinnabon Delights. Just saying.

  19. ORDER UP!!!

    Pig in a blanket
    plain and dry.
    Heart attack, short stack?
    Never mind the fly!!!

    Ellen Vojnovic

    1. You took me back to Mel’s Diner, Alice, Flo, and “Kiss my grits!” Now that was a classic! Great job!

  20. ORDER UP!!!

    Pig in a blanket
    plain and dry.
    Heart attack, short stack?
    Never mind the fly!!!

    Ellen Vojnovic

    1. You took me back to Mel’s Diner, Alice, Flo, and “Kiss my grits!” Now that was a classic! Great job!

  21. This time
    the end won’t come
    without
    warning

    This time
    the end
    is almost
    here

    1. The rhythm of this is beautiful, Pamela. So mournful and ding-dongish, if you know what I mean…

      1. I absolutely know what you mean. Mournful and ding-dongy perfectly describes my sentiments as the words arose through my keyboard. (())

        Miss being here. I’m a ding-dong for my too-long absence.

  22. This time
    the end won’t come
    without
    warning

    This time
    the end
    is almost
    here

    1. The rhythm of this is beautiful, Pamela. So mournful and ding-dongish, if you know what I mean…

      1. I absolutely know what you mean. Mournful and ding-dongy perfectly describes my sentiments as the words arose through my keyboard. (())

        Miss being here. I’m a ding-dong for my too-long absence.

  23. Laura’s BELLE IS beautiful in tone and tempo. She’s alive via your poem.

  24. Laura’s BELLE IS beautiful in tone and tempo. She’s alive via your poem.

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