Forget charts and rules [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. 

I’m largely off the grid this week and next, so I won’t be able to comment on your poems. I hope you’ll still participate and offer support and encouragement to each other. You guys are so good about that!

Color chart
Photo: Laura P. Salas

This image from the ceramics painting shop (same place last week’s photo was from) makes me think of several things:

  1. tea
  2. board games
  3. how even in a place dedicated to art, I am drawn to the chart, the numbers, the rules

And here’s my first draft, which is also my haiku for the day!



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







27 Responses

  1. Oh, I love that photo! Rules? smules.…know ’em but break ’em too. I’ll roll the dice. Art is a world I want to live in.

    My Coffee Shop

    brews by mood
    too excited?
    order blue
    yellow brights
    sad if you need
    or a pleasing

    1. Coffee shop that brews your mood? Clever. I could use that kind of coffee.

    2. What a wonderful idea that could become a longer poem or real shop. I especially love pleasing green, but am looking to order red for some energy.


    “I need a rest stop
    right away!”
    “No more drinks
    at all today!”

  3. When color
    becomes a number,
    food becomes ingredients,
    What is love? a percentile?

  4. I doubt this is what you meant by being “off the grid,” Laura, but I like to imagine this for all of us sometimes.

    Off the Grid Peacefully

    Holding a cup of tea,
    book across my knee,
    r e l a x i n g
    where no-one can find me!

  5. Sad that you’re “off the grid” Laura but happy with the “grid” you left for us to ponder. What fun.

    Teacup Bingo

    Color, number shouted
    Filter muted
    “Bingo” I tout
    Caller refuted.

  6. Linda, I like the association between colors and moods. Remember mood rings? Maybe some of you are too young for that.

    1. Linda, sorry this comment appeared out of place. “Sigh” ber space.

  7. I love everyone poems so far
    Laura hope you have a good copal weeks

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    Up late writing
    Counting tea stains
    On my papers
    Morning gardens
    Appreciate tea grinds

    1. Love the tea stained papers at night, and the re-use of the grinds come morning.

  8. Enjoy your adventure, Laura!

    This Poem Does Not Exceed Fifteen Words!

    Paint by numbers,
    heed every sign…
    will you follow the rules,
    draw in the lines?

    1. I love how your title follows the rules, but your poem allows a choice. Perhaps a little leeway allows creativity.

  9. I first read this as “roll their dice with art,” and I thought, wow, THAT’s some statement!
    Even though that’s not what you said, I’m going to go around thinking that. I shall roll everyone’s dice with art!

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