Coral Reef [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. 

It’s another mall photo. Seriously, you know I’m not getting out enough when several weeks of pictures in a row are coming from mall-walking before Weight Watchers one day. Oi.

Coral Reef
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. Octopus’s Garden by the Beatles
  2. the aquarium in Atlanta
  3. horseback riding as a kid

And here’s my first draft. I realized I should have changed the title. I was trying to work in both a horse race (hence the photo finish) and the fact that they were grazing on plankton, which survive via photosynthesis. But, too much for 15 words. Ha! Oh, well. Just a first draft.

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

My husband is having shoulder surgery today, so I will be reading your poems while I’m in the waiting room. Don’t know whether I’ll be able to comment or not, but I look forward to the distraction!

 

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19 Responses

  1. Praying the surgery goes well.

    Underwater Playground

    Splish, splash-
    Horsing around.
    Dip, dash-
    Clowning around.

    What goes on beneath
    would surely astound.

    1. I love the playful energy in this, Cindyb! I can see these creatures having fun 🙂

  2. Best to your husband Laura. Wishing for a quick recovery. I liked your title, catchy. The vivid colors are gorgeous, and the Atlanta Aquarium is beyond belief!

    Nature’s Lap of Luxury

    Leisurely dining
    at the Coral Reef
    plankton featured
    who needs beef!

      1. Really imaginative way to remind us there are non-meat options, Martha! Thank you!

  3. Sending lots of positive, healing energy to your husband, Laura! I love how you capture the gracefulness of the seahorse.

    Sea Song

    Tails curl,
    swirl,
    caress -
    sensual undertone
    to corrugated rhythm, body above.

  4. This is wonderful Suzanne. I especially love the corrugated body, perfect description.

  5. fun poem, Laura. Here’s mine:

    Clown Fish
    By Dianne Moritz

    Clown fish has this one wish.…
    That it’s no dish for bigger fish!

  6. Fun image Laura, it reminds me of “Finding Nemo” also. But I decided to follow the Clown fish…

    SAVORING SYMBIOSIS

    Clown fish swish
    In ocean bottoms
    symbiotically sweeping clean
    Anemones’ leftovers.

  7. poem by Jessica Bigi

    A reader’s Dream

    walking webbed footed
    flippers on hands
    diving into pages
    of make-believe
    imaginings
    dreaming
    reading

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