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.
Last week was my dad’s birthday, the anniversary of my mom’s death, a medical emergency for my dad, the arrival home of my daughter Maddie for a 7-week visit (she lives overseas and hasn’t been home for two years), and the arrival of my sister Patty for a 1-week visit. Wow. Talk about a roller coaster.
Here’s a picture I took in the convention center in Washington DC when I was at ALA last month.
This image makes me think of several things:
- musical chairs
- The Circle of Life (cue Lion King music)
- the Eye of Sauron
And here’s my first draft. I was thinking about how the people (and animals) we love, whether they live or die, live closeby or a world away, are always, always with us, connected to us as concretely as the barstools in this art piece.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)