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.
This guy, which we bought at the first Renaissance Festival we ever went to, shortly after moving up here to Minnesota 27 years ago, was boxed up in our basement for a long time. Now it’s one of the few things on our walls!
This image makes me think of several things:
- the totally foreign-to-me art of carving/whittling/sculpting
- how scary it would be to come across this in an empty forest, carved on a tree!
And here’s my first draft. Since this forest man is on my wall right near where I do most of my writing, I imagined a writer feeling very unconfident, sitting there with art made from a tree (as paper is made from a tree). It gave me a chuckle, so I put it into a poem.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)
PLEASE NOTE: I’m on school visits and won’t be able to respond to your poems, but I will read every one!