Drumsticks [15 Words or Less]

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Hello, poets of all kinds! It’s a rare unfiltered photo this week! But…still a mall one.

Photo: Laura P. Salas

 

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. drumsticks
  2. a mass pencil fight, Matrix style
  3. a falling-apart beaver dam

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.)

 

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24 Responses

  1. Oooh, I love this. Your mall has the most interesting art installations. And, they make me think of First People’s lore in some way.

    Casting Call

    Rain dance
    sky drum
    thunder sticks
    *non-union
    *dawn to dusk audition window
    *immediate call backs

    1. Linda, I love the juxtaposition of those first three strong, nature-based lines and the last three very human-based qualities/characteristics!

    1. I love that you incorporated the spatial idea of those sticks overhead into your literal head in your poem. And those roads do have a way of getting your attention, don’t they?

  2. Your poem has great drumming rhythm! “And for the finale” reads just like a drumroll! All these sticks together reminded me of the saying, “Sticks and stones.…” and here’s my very quick knee-jerk response draft–

    Troubling Times

    Since names can’t do it right
    sticks and stones unite
    gathering to fight

  3. Good morning 15 WOL. Laughed at the “mess” thunder made of it. Took me right to a childhood game that I loved, one we called Fiddlesticks.

    Mayhem at the Mall

    Secure child’s space
    allows mom to shop
    rogue magnetic force
    sends pick-up-sticks atop!

    1. Those kiddie playspaces were a lifesaver when my daughters were little, Martha. Our grocery store had one, and I would drop the girls off and then sit with a Diet Coke and my notebook for 20 minutes and write before I started actually grocery shopping. Boy, did your poem take ME back!

  4. Just read a post on halloween books, so it was on may mind when I looked at the photo.

    A HALLOWEEN TRICK

    Monster pretzel sticks
    Open wide
    When they fall,
    take a lick.

    1. Isn’t it funny how whatever we’ve been reading or looking at finds its way into our poems. I love pretzels if they are dipped in chocolate or caramel or something:>)

  5. Appropriate finale, Laura!

    Get Ready, Set, Catch!

    Drummers on parade
    exhibiting their tricks.
    Escalating drumroll,
    then they toss their sticks!

  6. poem by Jessica Bigi

    A Day at The Library

    Writing across sky
    rain drumming clouds
    cinnamon stick tea
    reading book imagining’s

    1. Curling up with books, cinnamon tea, and a rainstorm pretty much makes up a great day. Lovely!

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