Freeway Treeway [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. 

Highway Tree
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Saw this on the road the other day. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. What if that was a car antenna
  2. Maybe the tree is being relocated, like a wild animal found outside its range
  3. That’s a big truck to take to a Pick Your Own Tree lot

And here’s my first draft. It didn’t really come through, but I was thinking of how weird it would be for a tree to zip past places it has only heard of in the past.

highway tree 15wol

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

Notice: I have family in town–my sister this week and Maddie all month–whee!–but that means I am not on my blog much. I basically won’t be responding to poems in June, but I’ll continue sharing image prompts so that you can still play. Have fun!






23 Responses

  1. I like the movement in your poem, Laura. My poem today is pure nonsense.

    Uprooted from home,
    I’ve packed my trunk,
    said my goodbyes
    and took my leaves.

    1. I love your “nonsense” Lauren. Clever, funny and “spot-on.”

  2. Suspended above the road,
    it’s moving day,
    and I’m riding
    for new

  3. I love the eager anticipation of what’s to come in your poem. Somehow “riding” and “ready” feel energizing.

    1. Catherine, it seems we both felt a “launch” looming. I like the one rope to freedom attitude.

  4. What fun! A brief glance into the future; your state, having chosen it’s Christmas tree, makes preparation for transporting it to the capitol grounds.

    Evergreen missile
    poised on launching pad
    lands softly
    peace and good will.

  5. I know this is moor that 15 words but it what I thought of today
    Have a wonderful visit with your family

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Oh Mom
    What do you wont?
    There’s a gannet following us
    what is he doing?
    he’s charring a gannet
    sack of bananas
    over his shoulder
    don’t be sill it your uncial
    bring us our Christmas tree
    I told you there was
    a giant following us

  6. I know this is moor that 15 words but it what I thought of today
    Have a wonderful visit with your family

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Oh Mom
    What do you wont?
    There’s a giant following us
    what is he doing?
    he’s charring a giant sack of bananas
    over his shoulder
    don’t be silly it your uncial
    bring us our Christmas tree
    I told you there was
    a giant following us

    1. Jessica, it does look like the tree is sporting a supply of bananas.

  7. Onward-

    Leaving my friends
    So strong and secure
    For an unknown place
    Feeling small and unsure

  8. To any of you: can you advise as to why my comments show the “your comment is awaiting moderation” all of the time? Apparently they have cleared that huddle or they would not post. Thanks.

  9. Tree Scraper
    By Phillip — age 7

    Driving on the golden highway
    Tall tree scraper touches the sky
    City ahead.

  10. The old tree
    lost his grip
    when his owner
    took him
    on a

    I liked the double meaning that came up with grip being used for uprooting, and suitcase.

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