Cloth Caught Midair [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. 

Smithsonian Gardens
Photo: Laura P. Salas

In Washington, I spent a lot of time wandering the Smithsonian Gardens. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. a stingray
  2. laundry on the clothesline
  3. a kite that doesn’t want to be on the ground

And here’s my first draft.


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

I have gathered all my best resources for people who want to write for kids in one spot on my website at  Enjoy!







43 Responses

  1. ooooh, lists of resources are so fun. Thank you!

    I do love the image of a soaring kite.

    In autumn
    handkerchiefs fall
    from tree hands
    leaving the banquet
    Hurrying on
    to Winter’s Ball

  2. I this image and love your soaring hope, Laura!

    Invisible cloak
    drapes over me
    stand-tall spirit forms shape
    flutters and folds

  3. Lovely personification of hope, Laura. It made me think of the big crisis our country is in today. I want hope to soar.

    Emerging from
    a cocoon of division…

    a peace flag,
    a prayer.

  4. The Gold Fish Pound

    swishes of
    circles of bubbles
    pop ! pop !
    Calloo Kitty
    Dizzy Diddy

  5. swishes of
    circles of bubbles
    pop ! pop !
    Calloo Kitty
    Dizzy- Dizzy

  6. I cannot imagine what this sculpture was really about, which makes it fun for today.

    spirit of the flying fish
    leaping colorfully
    in a green ocean

  7. Beautiful photo Laura. A stingray, definitelyI Love the colors and I so appreciate living vicariously through your travels and your willingness to share, enlighten and educate.

    Mosaic Comforter

    Red’s passion
    Yellow’s optimism
    Blue’s trust

    Warmth for mankind

    1. I love the positive meaning you ascribe to every color, Martha. Isn’t it funny the poems we write to describe other things end up describing our own world view?

  8. Great image. Loved your kite take on this.

    To Tree or Not to Tree

    Quilt toasty
    Limbs roasty
    Dressed to kill
    Winter’s chill
    Tree’s reason
    For treason

    By Donna JT Smith

  9. My student Daniel wrote one. He has a sense of humor. And a joy for rhyming.

    This cloth thing.
    Does it have a wing?
    ‘cuz it’s floating
    and, uh,

    Daniel, 4th grade

  10. Perfect description of hope, Laura.

    Birthday Gift

    Wrapped up pretty-
    just for me.
    “Thank you” said
    Paper torn off

  11. Your movement reminds me of the swift gliding movement of a ray- lovely. Thanks for your rich resource lists too Laura!

    Soar through
    oceans of sky
    king ray

  12. Going to click on your resource page next–thanks for all you do to support other writers!!

    Picnic Ungrounded

    Chips tumble,
    sporks scatter.
    Napkins sail,
    drinks splatter.
    Airborne cloth,
    flying platters.

  13. Madison, 5th grade, wrote this poetic response.

    What Could it Be?

    A bird mid-flight
    perhaps some sort of blight?
    A fungi
    invisible to the human eye?

    As I wrote with her, I found another poem:

    She throws the quilt high in the air
    watching colors
    ripple across the sky…

    –Margaret Simon

    1. I love Madison’s wide-open imagination! And your poem IS that photo turned into poem:)

  14. Laura I cannot wait to check out your resource page! I just love your poem of “soaring hope.”

    Working Hands

    Golden stitches
    A patchwork tale
    Of labor, love, and lore.

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