Foreign Letters [15 Words or Less]

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Letters Sculpture
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Another pic from our trip to Cyprus. This is from some kind of sculpture or monument, and I think it was in Nicosia, the divided capital city. Going through passport checkpoints with armed guards and a very tense atmosphere was new to me. I don’t know what these words say, and it looks like the writing is in Greek (language of the southern part of Cyprus), not Turkish (language of the Turkish-occupied northern part of Cyprus).

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. the many barriers between groups of people
  2. old-school typesetting machines
  3. how many things come and go in circles

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.)

Note: I’m away from my laptop today, but I will try to Comment or at least Like your poem to let you know I’ve read it!

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16 Responses

    1. So true! I began helping in my daughter’s kindergarten class (She’s the teacher.) It’s a marvelous thing to see the students begin that journey. They had to write the letter A for me- one was so excited because that’s the letter that begins her name.

  1. Enjoy your day Laura. What a difference your poem could make in so many lives. Such a clever, but powerful message. I hope to put those words into practice as often as the situation arises. My poem comes from the dreams I often have of racing against the clock, trying to find someone or get myself out of an uncomfortable situation.

    Ready, Set, Go!

    Frantically scrambling letters;
    strange, rearrange;
    this cannot be!
    Bring back the old
    Spelling Bee!

  2. This reminds me of what words look like to new readers.…

    Emergent Reader

    Trying to read;
    I see “to” and “a”!
    Nothing makes sense;
    I want to play.

  3. Laura, your poem is a delight. Actions speak louder…

    CHICKEN SCRATCHES

    Mom’s note
    I can’t read.
    No way
    to proceed…

    I’m in trouble,
    guaranteed.

  4. Foreign languages make me nervous. We can be so dependent on words. I like how a smile, a hand is more important in your poem.

    Letters fall
    on the page
    like pieces
    to the puzzle
    of my life.

  5. What an interesting picture, it definitely reminds me of old typeset. Your poem really speaks to the humanness in communication.

    Directions

    My words…incomprehensible,
    your words…the same.
    My picture…you smile,
    you point…
    I’m on my way.

  6. Here’s mine from an old panhelenic council member:

    Alpha, beta, delta
    Pi, rho, omicron
    To end in omega
    It’s all Greek to me.

  7. I am not at home, so I am writing on my cell phone. Let’s see if Laura’s site recognizes me!

    Letter by letter
    you write on my heart.
    No one can read it
    but me.

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