Blur [15 Words or Less]

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. 

Photo: Laura P. Salas

Sometimes I think I have more accidental images on my phone than I do intentional ones!

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. time travel
  2. a slinky (see it up at the top of the image?)
  3. our planet spinning

And here’s my first draft, which is also my daily haiku for National Poetry Month!

Stars, gas spin through space


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)







31 Responses

  1. Dizzy Spell

    Small ballerina
    Spinning with her chin raised high
    Point turns not yet learned

    This made me think of point turns from ballet classes many years past…

    1. I love the choice & total at the end in the small children spin with, looking up at the ceiling or the sky:)

    2. So sweet Amelia. My gears quickly shifted to my 3‑year old daughter’s ballet recital! Ancient memory.

  2. Love the haiku, Laura, and also how you turned a random blurred “mistake” into poetry inspiration! Super rough draft as I race out the door to the last day before spring break–what a month this has been!

    Spring Break

    So busy
    I’m dizzy
    No time to be

    Spring break?
    No mistake?
    Hooray, I’m free!!

    © 2018 M Hogan


    Don’t understand it.
    My mind’s in a whirl.
    My baby brother-
    turned into a girl?

    1. Hahaha, I LOVE this, Cindy! Astonishment comes through so clearly in the words and the punctuation!

    2. Cindy, you nailed it. I was 7 when my baby brother was born. My sister and I begged for a brother. Our wish was granted; but I remember thinking, but not saying aloud, “I won’t love it if it’s a girl.” To this day I remember that horrible thought.

  4. Good morning, Laura! I found your 15 Words tweet right below Amy’s “beautiful glue” comment–I wonder if you were inspired too…

    squeezed and smeared
    between two views
    these words become
    the beautiful glue
    that holds it all together

    I tried to take out two words to get down to 15 but I’m too in love with my rhythm : )

    1. Heehee, I love your admission that you’re just too in love with the rhythm to cut it! This is beautiful and mysterious. I did not see Amy’s tweet, as this auto posts to Twitter. Though Amy does constantly inspire me:)

    2. Lovely Heidi. Sometimes personification takes hold and refuses to let go! You added to the stability of Laura’s verse.

    3. Here’s my secret when I’m too enamored with my words to cut to 15: hyphenate! squeezed-and-smeared counts as one word in my book. (Shh.…don’t tell Laura!)

    1. Mercy. This one gets me–could be literally lighthearted egg poem or a much more personal poem about time, busy-ness, being burned out or worn down. Not sure which you meant (I think probably the lighthearted one), but I love both, so it doesn’t even matter:>)

    2. I’m with you Donna. Adding to Laura’s second take, I’m scrambled!

  5. Laura, your verse is such an assurance of stability. That prompted me to add to our planet’s beauty. You saw something in this photo that resonated with you. I, on the other hand, would have probably hit “delete.’ 😉

    The First Canvas

    Ivory backbone
    red sunrise
    blue firmament
    white sand
    azure sea
    green life

    Mother Nature smiles!

    1. I delete a ton of them, Martha–don’t feel bad:>) Oh, this is stunning. Somehow that ivory backbone brings everything else into such specificity and relavance. Beauteous:>)

  6. this pic makes me fill like I’m spinning

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Fond sad mother
    you say putt one
    hove in of the other
    spinning ground

    1. Learning to walk is hard! There’s nothing cuter than baby steps–in human or animal:>)

  7. Love the word glued in your haiku. But dang, this photo is my life.…

    Out of Focus

    minutes, hours, disappear.
    Stop that clicking–
    time is ticking!
    Concentrate! Persevere!

    1. Oh, mercy, isn’t THAT the truth! I hope your birthday you were totally focused on having a wonderful day!

  8. Okay, I ended up writing two stanzas, spinning on past those 15 words. So here’s the first stanza!

    Spin and spin
    and then fall down.
    Now the world
    is spinning round.

    —Kate Coombs

    1. Love this, JoAnn, because all the airports I’ve gone through over the past few years are just big blurs!

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