DC Trees [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. 

My regulars, I’ve missed you the past two weeks! I was on a weeklong school visit one week, a mini writing retreat last week, and now I’ve just returned home from the Texas Library Association conference in Austin. Whew! It’s good to be back:>)

autumn tress in washington dc
Photo: Laura P. Salas

I know I post a lot of tree images, and I’m REALLY trying to offer more variety here. But…I adore trees. I took this photo in the monuments area of Washington, DC.

This image makes me think of several things:

  1.  showing up in completely the wrong clothes for something
  2.  hall of mirrors
  3.  holding on

And here’s my first draft.

relecting on trees


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







21 Responses

  1. Welcome home, Laura! I can only imagine the tremendous excitement of travel to poetry, taking part in poetry and then coming down from such encounters. How do you do that?! How do you pace yourself?

    I was caught by the idea of the glass held by the trees for us to see ourselves. What a striking image. Trees are my friends. I have been delighted to see my friends leafing out here and coming back from their long winters. We have so much to catch up on!

    My draft

    Riddle poem

    By land
    or sea
    I stretch
    I wave
    stand tall
    what am I?

    Answer: A Tree

    1. PS It was awesome! But this has been a full-tilt spring, and there is no pacing. Only survival–ha!

  2. Your travels sound inspiring and tiring, Laura.
    What an interesting perspective on trees, having them reveal us. Here’s my poem:

    you wear yellow
    I’ll wear purple
    hope we can find each other
    in the crowd

  3. I’m working with paint chip poetry this month, so for today, I pulled out three chips (mustard seed, slow, and nest)

    A mustard seed–
    tiniest of all–
    grows slow
    enough, though
    for every nest
    to rest.

    (based on the parable of the mustard seed)

    1. I love your challenges to yourself, Margaret! Three chosen words–20 PERCENT of this poem–and you still created this little gem of a poem. Sigh…

  4. Missed you Laura. Wifi problems last week. Same this week. Composing on my phone. Hope it works. I never cease to be amazed at those last remaining trees in Fall who refuse to follow the crowd.

    All That Glitters …

    for winter’s
    one last thread
    on which to cling.

    1. Wow, such powerful and vivid words, Martha. Really gorgeous! (And happy to be back!)

  5. Welcome back, Laura! I love trees, too, and this photo is wonderful! And the poems so far are just lovely! Here’s mine;

    Big and Small

    But these aren’t trees–
    They’re shafts of hair
    on giant’s scalp
    I’m tiny there!

  6. The Big Push

    Come on, get ready,
    start leafing; let’s go!
    Springtime’s arriving!
    Why are you so slow?

    1. Haha–the impatience in your narrative voice here echoes what I’m hearing from my neighbors daily!

  7. I love the contrast between dark trees and sky in this photo–very cool! Congrats on all your good busyness, Laura.

    trunk, limbs, twigs
    branching as they rise
    holding up the sky

    1. Love the juxtaposition of brand new growth on an old, graceful tree, Dianne.

  8. sory it took so long had to think
    on this one for abift
    sory it so long
    poem by Jessica Bigi

    Freedoms Proms

    Beneath braches of History
    I carried our people
    too freedom lands
    upon my own life’s branches
    broken and lamed
    building stronger furthers
    Branches of life’s of peace

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