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.
Randy and I often walk to a small park nearby and play Scrabble. The other night, I looked up to see the tip of the Minnesota State Capitol building just visible over the top of a tree. It reminded me of the image of the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda that is on our kitchen calendar right now.
This image makes me think of several things:
- that pagoda
- a kite stuck in a tree–or a building stuck in a giant’s tree
- a landscaper who gets everything wrong!
And here’s my first draft. The chronology doesn’t quite work, and I initially had 16 words. But I kind of like getting rid of “birdie flies” and replacing it with “surprise!” This would need more work, but that’s one example of how different poetic forms or even just word limits can force our brains to come up with new (sometimes better) options!
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)