Flower Boot [15 words or less poems]

Wake up your poetry brains with 15 Words or Less (guidelines are here)!

Shoe on wall with flowers
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Good morning! I took this picture in Ireland, and though you can’t really tell, this shoe is hanging on a stone wall outside someone’s house. These flowers growing out of a hiking book make me think of:

  1. putting on my shoe with a cockroach inside it when I was a kid–GROSS!
  2. trampled flowers who take revenge on a careless hiker
  3. Jurassic Park: “Life finds a way” (see the clip here)

Here’s my first draft.

Life Finds a Way

It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count:>) If you leave a poem in the comments, and if it’s 15 words or less, I’ll try to respond!


48 Responses

  1. Fun picture and poem, Laura. I especially like those last two lines. Here’s mine:

    Fresh Feet — Nature’s Way

    Floral foot spray
    as if a bouquet
    sprouted and grew
    from each shoe.

    1. Hahahaha–I love this. I can just see Glade buying this from you:>) And…I would like my feet to smell this good.

  2. Jumping Jack
    didn’t know
    not to eat beans
    in poring rain
    steel towed boots
    dancing gigs
    daisies sprouting
    from his tows

    Sorry it’s a few words over Poem By Jessica Bigi

  3. Silent Discourse

    Boots on ground
    fear in my heart
    burgeoning blooms
    diminishes distance
    so we’re never apart.

    Dirt‑y, very clever Laura. My thoughts immediately went to our current world’s events.

    1. Thanks, Martha. Oh, that first line. I’m guessing you omitted the “the” for the word count, but my mind automagically slipped it in there anyway. I love how you took that very impersonal phrase and used it to open a very personal, powerful poem.

      1. You are correct. I did have “the” in there trying to keep it generic, then went with a personal concept and took it out because of the word count. Thanks.

  4. Not sure why first line jumped over; looks like two titles. Sorry about that!

    1. It always does — the image holder messes it up unless you space down to the fourth line. I forgot to today, too, so it gets jumbled looking!

    1. This is lovely, Kate. So earnest and sweet. Except a little voice in my head is now singing, “Plants on the ground, plants on the ground, lookin’ like a fool with your plants on the ground.” A throwback to the horrible “pants on the ground” thing from American Idol years ago!

  5. I wrote, fell back to asleep, wrote again. Voilà as they say…

    Though it does appear
    There’s a boot-on-here,
    Don’t yell,
    Mr. Lapel
    Voila! A boutonnière!

    1. Lapel’s Lament Repented

      Though it does appear
      There’s a boot-on-here,
      Don’t yell,
      Mr. Lapel,
      Voila! A boutonnière!

      Trying again for clarity and a title!

      1. Hahaha–took me a second to get the wordplay. I thought you were just cheating by hyphenating because you were over the word count or something. Ha! Fun!

      2. Boot-on-here / boutonniere — Oh my gosh — this it so clever! Fun rhyme too.

  6. An Old Boot’s Refrain

    No longer required
    as proper attire,
    my only desire,
    creating beauty
    to admire:

    1. Daggone it! I’m anonymous again. I tried Facebook icon this time because word press does not use my first name.
      I’ll try once more. Maybe eventually I’ll get it right.

      1. I’m replying here so you get notified, Pat. Love all those long i sounds! I love the change from *being* the thing that looks sharp to *creating* the thing that looks sharp.

    1. So comfortable and intimate, Buffy. (Thanks for your tech help–I discovered that the slideshow looks fine in IE. In Firefox, at least the newest version, not so much:>(

  7. Muddy Boots

    Dirt on the outside, muddy mess
    Collect it inside, support for happy faces
    Who’d guess?

  8. Why You Didn’t Get the Job and Why You Don’t Care

    You tried to
    get your foot
    in the door

    You stopped
    to smell
    the roses

    -Pamela Ross

  9. Laura: your poem this week is utterly perfect. No schmooze. (Just flowers and shoes.) 😉
    Witty word choice and I love the closing “punch line” of ” “That’ll do.”
    Great voice!
    Your prompts send people into such great creative spins and directions.

  10. Here’s my first 15-word poem. Thanks for the opportunity & photo prompt challenge:

    I’m off, post haste,

    Hobbling on just one leg,

    Delivering love to my fair lady.

    1. Welcome! I love the “post” haste and delivering. I’m picturing someone who’s picked beautiful flowers and then taken off his or her own shoe to use as a vase and I love the mailman kind of vocabulary!

      1. 🙂 Thank you for taking time to read and to provide encouraging feedback. I appreciate being part of a poetry community–albeit as the amateur newbie…which makes your taking time to read/respond all the more affirming and humbling, pro that you are. Thanks and God bless you!

        1. We run the gamut–professional writers, teachers, poetry lovers, occasional students–and frankly, we all fit many of the different labels at different times. Happy you’re here!

          1. Thank you! …I love that: fitting different labels at different points. Roles interchangeable, not mutually exclusive. A universe of opportunities.Thank you!

  11. Sorry to trouble you, Laura; you’ve already been so generous with your return-comments. Two questions, please. (1) For this first attempt, I hyperlinked to the visual prompt on your site. Are we permitted to show the image, itself, as part of our post? (2) Is there a 15 WOL logo we are permitted to use on our site? Thanks…Sorry if you’ve answered these questions on your site and I’ve neglected to read/see them. Every blessing!

    1. You can find the logo here: https://laurasalas.com/uncategorized/pinata-15wol/ I’m in the middle of a big site overhaul, so some of my images are disappearing. I sometimes use the button and sometimes not. It’s not a huge deal if folks show my image; I just prefer people not, because I’d really like them to encourage people to come visit my blog. BUT, if you do show my image, as long as you keep a photo credit with it and link to my blog post, that’s ok, too. Cheers!

      1. Thank you! Appreciate & totally understand your druthers! Thank you for the logo link. Right now I’m a frustrated WordPress/MS Word 2008 user. Used to be able to do all kinds of graphics with Word 2007; can’t get the full hang of WP, either. All of this is to say: Every blessing with your website overhaul. Take care, Laura; I promise not to bother you any more this weekend!

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