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. I shared 15 Words or Less poems with some educators at NCTE last weekend, and though probably none are here on Thanksgiving day, if you ARE here, I’m happy:>)
Besides that, thank you to all you regulars who have made this a part of your creative routine. I’m thankful, as always, for this community.
Here’s a pic I took while Randy and I were walking along Lake Superior on our Duluth trip back in October. This big old crow was balanced on top of the tree, and it stayed there quite a while. This image makes me think of several things:
- It’s like a star on a Christmas tree
- A weathervane
- A bird doing yoga
And here’s my first draft. I was thinking about how, even though it looked kind of funny, how much more space did that crow (or any of us) really need?
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)
Happy Thanksgiving, Laura! I love your photo and so enjoy the peek into how your mind works as you create a poem. My effort turned rather morbid, but here it is:
No raucous cry
pierces the sky
The crow keeps watch
Will we change
Sometimes when we do this quick write, the thing we need to say comes out.
Oh, my. Isn’t that the question? I like how that silence tells us this crow is different…watching…waiting. Will we do the right and worthy thing or not? My efforts often turn melancholy or morbid, too:>) Happy Thanksgiving, Molly! PS I think I have wrongly called you Donna or something else before. My apologies! It takes me forever to learn names, particularly online ones. :>/
Here I am
Look at me
hear my voice
I speak for us all
Wonderful to see you and spend some time with you at NCTE. Happy Thanksgiving!
Fantastic to see you at NCTE, Margaret! I like that hammering feeling of the first three lines, especially. I was struck by how I’d rather let a crow speak for me than the person who is now representing me to the world. Sigh. Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to you, Laura.
ON LIFE’S JOURNEY
I’m just a guest
taking a rest
and feeling blessed
Thank you, Lord.
Happy Thanksgiving, Cindy! I adore your poem today. I love the sentiment, the realization that we are all just guests on the planet, and for such a short time. A beautiful poem of gratitude…
Oh, I came straight to your blog first thing this morning, but just checked my email and your blog notification is working again! Another thing to be thankful for!
Well, it’s not really–I have to do a workaround, which is irritating. But glad y’all are getting word again!
Lovely poem, Cindy!
Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Your ‘crow doing yoga’ image was pretty funny, so I came up with this:
it all started here
with us crows.
Plus…that’s not how it goes.
-Matt Forrest Esenwine
Hehe–I went to yoga class this morning, and I kept picturing us as different birds and other animals. Especially one woman who did more advanced poses than I’ve ever seen in real life. Wow. Love the crow’s irritable voice here. Happy Thanksgiving!
Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Thanks, Laura. Wow, it shows how tired I must’ve been yesterday…I counted the # of words on my fingers and I was still way off!
Well, I didn’t notice, either!
Jessica Bigi says
Happy Thanks Giving Laura and every one
A letter to Poe
I hear Crows
They Say ?
Happy Thanksgiving, Jessica! Yes! I always think of Poe with large crows or blackbirds. Or ravens, but I’m not sure how many ravens I’ve ever actually seen. But all I hear in my head is the ominous, “Forevermore.”
Diane Anderson says
Against the sky
Attracting our gaze
Hi Diane! Love the structure of your poem, and especially the comparison to a signet. He does look like an icon or symbol, doesn’t he?
Buffy Silverman says
Happy Thanksgiving to all. I’m thankful for your weekly camaraderie and inspiration!
Perched atop a spruce
he’s dark as winter’s night
with caws hailing light.
Happy Thanksgiving, Buffy–I love your atmospheric poem this week!
Kate Coombs says
Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Haven’t been here for a while, but I salute you with a mighty Caw.
he strikes a pose—
silhouette of crow.
Happy Thanksgiving, Kate–I love the way your last line sounds like a momentous artwork title!
Martha O'Quinn says
Good morning Laura and Happy Thanksgiving one and all. We were traveling this morning and upon reaching our destination I opened my E-mail and to my delight there was your post, in its usual Thursday 15 WOL format. My Thanksgiving blessing for sure.
A Holiday Acrostic
Raucous caws add to
Well, it’s a workaround, as far as the notification–but glad you got the email:>) I love all the /c/ and /ch/ sounds. It’s a party of a poem! Happy Thanksgiving, Martha!
Here is my haiku
standing on one leg
the raven knows boundaries
a Christmas tree star
Hi Joy, Happy Thanksgiving! I like the idea that even a raven has some civilization inside;>)