Fall Tree [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. 

You guys, I am away from my office doing some exciting research. Check out my Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram feeds (I’m @LauraPSalas on all three) to see a few pictures (if I can get any through–my WiFi access will be quite spotty, I think). Anyway, I won’t be able to respond to your poems this week, but I hope you’ll share them anyway!

Fall tree
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. I just did a root touch-up on my hair, and I chose the wrong color. Oops!
  2. a danger flag
  3. a bouquet of roses

And here’s my first draft.  I don’t remember quite why, but I became infatuated with the sounds of “sigh” and decided to work that sound into every line. Sometimes it’s just about playing with words and sounds!

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

 

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18 Responses

  1. Using the #inktober word: dizzy.

    Dizzy leaves a blaze
    Fire upon an autumn sky
    Hold the torch high

  2. Falls Flurry and Fury

    Oohs and Aahs-
    the leaves have turned!
    But on the ground-
    they’re spurned and burned.

  3. Chilled breezes are relevant here in the south too, Laura. Enjoy your research.

    Seasons

    Summer’s waning color
    awakens Fall’s palette;
    brilliance before Winter’s bitterness,
    tolerated until Spring bursts.

  4. My eye wants to see roses in this image, and I followed the muse. Happy Researching Laura–hope the ciphers in your poem don’t bring too many dreaded winter days ahead, I’m holding on to blooms…

    Roses shoot like rockets
    before falls last finale…

    © 2019 Michelle Kogan

    1. I saw a face and claws of red in the trees.

      Red monster peeks
      Parting the leaves
      Wondering when his
      Claws will freeze.

      By Donna JT Smith

    2. Michelle, I love image your poem brings! I have one last red rose, poised to blast off.

      Donna, I had to go back and look for the monster- and he’s there!

  5. Your research trip sounds wonderful, Laura–hope you gather lots of inspiration!

    leaves tossed and tangled
    autumn’s redyelloworange
    carpeting the lawn

  6. I’m sorry! I posted this under Dianne’s piece as a comment somehow!
    I saw a face and claws of red in the trees.

    Red monster peeks
    Parting the leaves
    Wondering when his
    Claws will freeze.

    By Donna JT Smith

  7. poem By Jessica Bigi

    October

    V’s of poems
    scribble web footed
    acrostic flaming
    sheets of Atom

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