Eggshell [15 Words or Less Poems]

Welcome to 15 Words or Less Poems Day! Are you ready to wake up your poetry brains with our weekly exercise (guidelines here)?

Most of my pics seem to come from airports or planes lately! All this next month I’ll be using pics taken on the way home from South Bend, IN to Minneapolis, MN.

tiny toy machine 15wol


This image makes me think of:

  1. a dinosaur nest with eggs in it
  2. close-up of a bottle of pills
  3. the ball pit at McDonald’s

And, here’s my first draft. 

eggshell 15wol


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

40 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t tiptoe
    barefoot through
    bogs of nesting
    ouch those
    were my toes

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    1. Hahahah! So funny, Jessica–this one has a different, more playful tone than what you usually share. I always admire your gorgeous imagery, but it’s fun to see this lighthearted approach, too!

    2. A very clever verse Jessica. I love “bogs of nesting crocks.”

    3. The past tense in the last line is too funny. Love that you came up with this.

    1. Nice Amelia. I can see your verse as a table centerpiece for the holiday.

  2. Captured memories,
    wait for release-
    bringing us pleasure
    until we cease.

    1. Meant to tell you, Laura, that I enjoyed your poem. Made me think how vulnerable we are at times.

      1. Thanks! While writing it, I was remembering holding Maddie as a baby, and how she was fragile as a baby bird, with her spine feeling like a row of building blocks under my hands…vulnerability oflife, indeed.

  3. For some reason your interesting poem reminds me of the thinning eggshells of the DDT disaster. Every time I see a brown pelican, I am grateful they survived. And thank you for your kind words about my poem at YDP Tuesday. Here’s my effort today:

    bubble mix
    dipping wand
    puff of air
    round rainbows

    pop, pop, pop

    1. I was just reading something about gratitude, and I love your statement about being grateful the brown pelicans survived. What a lovely, lighthearted poem–I especially like the “round rainbows.”

      So fun to see your poem Tuesday! Congrats!

  4. My first thought was jellybeans! I like the way you use filters, Laura. Can’t wait for tomorrow, National Poetry Month and the beginning of your project/posts here.

    Molecules wander,
    tiny spaceships
    bearing pieces
    of everything.

    —Kate Coombs

    1. Oooh, I love this science twist on it, Kate! Molecules and spaceships–love thatyou came up with this.

    2. PS Thanks! I miss the Waterlogue app (I changed from iPhone to Android, and there’s no Android version of it). But I do find using filters gets a little more to the shapes and makes the pics a little more abstract, so we can interpret them more ways…if you know what I mean. :>)

  5. Good morning Laura. Your pic speaks to the view of my deck and porch floors this morning after March winds passed through.

    Spring’s Remake

    Glass enclosed
    atop pastel stage
    mimics winter’s snow via
    peach, pear petals.

    1. What a beautiful, soft image. And I agree with you below; Thursdays are far more fun with Laura’s 15 wol.

    2. Great title, Martha. I love the image this puts in my head, and the color introduced by pastel and peach and pear…Nice! Happy spring!

  6. My first thought when seeing this picture was smeared paint on an artist’s palette.
    After looking harder, yeah, I could see eggs and I like your delicate eggshell poem.
    But I kept seeing paint.

    Artist’s Mistake

    Canvas bare, white,
    needed colors bright.
    Too much blue
    and wrong hue.
    This won’t do!

    1. Pat, I never cease to be amazed at the many interpretations of a single photo. Make that canvas into whatever you wish it to be. I love Thursdays.

    2. Fun, Pat! I have a poem somewhere about a kid mixing colors until they’re just a muddle of muddy brown. Love your title–draws me right in.

    1. The textures here are wonderful, Buffy! The shells, the downy softness, and then peeping feels sharp and shrill, even though it’s not actually a texture word. Cool!

  7. The image reminded me of the center popper thing on a game of Trouble. Rebecca reminded me with her trapped poem.

    Come on out-
    round about.
    Pop‑I win!

    1. I love popping that Trouble thingy–almost as much fun as bubble wrap! And the way each syllable pops as I say it–happy Poetry Month!

  8. Laura, Your title had me rocking, even before I saw the picture and I had to go where the poem wanted to go.

    Egg Shell

    Everyone’s safe color
    for doors and walls
    used to shut out
    our true colors.

    1. I sometimes tend toward the boring and neutral, because I can’t decide and don’t want to commit to something bolder. Busted! Love your poem–and it’s true. I’m feeling more appreciaive of the teal bedroom, berry bathroom, and orangish den upstairs in our house :>) Thanks for the reminder that hiding our colors is never a good idea!

  9. Swirling colours of imagination
    Bounding into depths
    Of creativity and wonderment
    To explore new worlds

    Anne McKenna

  10. At Birch Aquarium


    1. Ooh, fabulous image! “Backlit” makes me totally see this image so clearly.

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