[15 Words or Less Poems] Glasses


Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

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

Here’s what this image?makes me think of:

1)?Glasses of juice
2) Sunset
3) Tropical Lifesavers

And here’s my poem first draft:

Sunrise
She squeezed Sun,
caught each drop in
morning’s clear glass…
served the Eastern sky.
–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

What do you think of when you look at this picture? Take any quick idea and jot down a 15 Words or Less poem. It doesn’t have to rhyme or describe this picture. It’s just about whatever you think of when you look at it.

218 Responses

  1. Sunset Surprise

    Reaching to catch sky
    Grab a fistful (my, it’s high!)
    Drop the rays
    Into crystal
    Sunset in glass

    Three words over, but I had to add that last bit. I LOVE your poem! First and last lines especially! Great picture!

    1. Oooooh. I especially love fistful (so unexpected with sky) and crystal. Great images AND sounds. And thanks:>) [I’d love an extra line space before that final line to set it apart and highlight its role as a summary/result of what came before. Especially since it’s such a great image. Just my 2 cents, though! It’s lovely as is…]

    2. Amelia,
      I love the second line a lot and I like drop the rays into cyrstal sunset!!!
      Truly a lovely poem and sunset suprise.
      Mrs. F.

  2. Sunset Surprise

    Reaching to catch sky
    Grab a fistful (my, it’s high!)
    Drop the rays
    Into crystal
    Sunset in glass

    Three words over, but I had to add that last bit. I LOVE your poem! First and last lines especially! Great picture!

    1. Oooooh. I especially love fistful (so unexpected with sky) and crystal. Great images AND sounds. And thanks:>) [I’d love an extra line space before that final line to set it apart and highlight its role as a summary/result of what came before. Especially since it’s such a great image. Just my 2 cents, though! It’s lovely as is…]

    2. Amelia,
      I love the second line a lot and I like drop the rays into cyrstal sunset!!!
      Truly a lovely poem and sunset suprise.
      Mrs. F.

  3. Inside On a Winter Evening

    Warm flame tongues
    licking fireplace logs.
    Warm dog’s tongue
    lapping my fingers.

    1. I love the images though at my mother’s house (she’s got the fireplace) it would be golden tabby cats!!! This warms me just by reading!

  4. Inside On a Winter Evening

    Warm flame tongues
    licking fireplace logs.
    Warm dog’s tongue
    lapping my fingers.

    1. I love the images though at my mother’s house (she’s got the fireplace) it would be golden tabby cats!!! This warms me just by reading!

  5. M– USEUM OF ART

    Guard watches,
    “One mississippi, two…”

    “My two-year-old could do that.”

    Guard chuckles…
    “Five seconds.”

    © Diane Mayr

    1. Hehe–Sometimes with art I don’t understand or appreciate, I feel the same way. I try to remember people look at poems or picture books and think the same thing… Love the guard waiting for the inevitable!

        1. Wow! I’m guilty of this sometimes, I’m sure, but when I find a piece I like, I want to study it longer. But sometimes crowds and noise make me just move along quickly. Wouldn’t it be great to be in a museum all alone, able to just wander and stare?

  6. M– USEUM OF ART

    Guard watches,
    “One mississippi, two…”

    “My two-year-old could do that.”

    Guard chuckles…
    “Five seconds.”

    © Diane Mayr

    1. Hehe–Sometimes with art I don’t understand or appreciate, I feel the same way. I try to remember people look at poems or picture books and think the same thing… Love the guard waiting for the inevitable!

        1. Wow! I’m guilty of this sometimes, I’m sure, but when I find a piece I like, I want to study it longer. But sometimes crowds and noise make me just move along quickly. Wouldn’t it be great to be in a museum all alone, able to just wander and stare?

    1. Isn’t that the truth! I’ve worn contacts/glasses since 7th grade, but as my vision gets even worse now, I’m awfully thankful for glasses. Love the ode!

    2. Definitely something to be grateful for… I’ll have to remember that next time I’m annoyed with wearing my glasses.

    3. Yes! I thought of this, too. Wouldn’t it be fun, though, to see the world in blurred happiness and just be able to deal? Love the “surprise” ending.
      I am Janet Clare on FB…too long to explain!

    4. The contrast between “picturing yourself” to “blind” is startling. A sweet homage to the “glasses” you saw in this photo. I relate. Never needed glasses until a few years ago, as I noticed the crossword grid blurring worse by the day. HOW DID PEOPLE SEE BEFORE GLASSES??!

    1. Isn’t that the truth! I’ve worn contacts/glasses since 7th grade, but as my vision gets even worse now, I’m awfully thankful for glasses. Love the ode!

    2. Definitely something to be grateful for… I’ll have to remember that next time I’m annoyed with wearing my glasses.

    3. Yes! I thought of this, too. Wouldn’t it be fun, though, to see the world in blurred happiness and just be able to deal? Love the “surprise” ending.
      I am Janet Clare on FB…too long to explain!

    4. The contrast between “picturing yourself” to “blind” is startling. A sweet homage to the “glasses” you saw in this photo. I relate. Never needed glasses until a few years ago, as I noticed the crossword grid blurring worse by the day. HOW DID PEOPLE SEE BEFORE GLASSES??!

  7. Charts, folders
    Data holders
    Special ed, IEP
    Test scores
    Just one part of me

    Long ago I ditched plain vanilla manila folders for my son’s education files. These sunny colors seem so much more cheerful!

    1. Yes! Whatever the necessary, sometimes drudge-like, parts of our lives are, why not liven them up a little bit! Love your litany of things, and then that slightly contradictory, defiant last line:>)

  8. Charts, folders
    Data holders
    Special ed, IEP
    Test scores
    Just one part of me

    Long ago I ditched plain vanilla manila folders for my son’s education files. These sunny colors seem so much more cheerful!

    1. Yes! Whatever the necessary, sometimes drudge-like, parts of our lives are, why not liven them up a little bit! Love your litany of things, and then that slightly contradictory, defiant last line:>)

  9. Complimentary opposites:
    Cerulean blue
    to push the tangerine
    from the spectrum
    down to sunrise’s stage.

    Jeanne Poland

    1. I just love this poem, Jeanne. Cerulean blue and tangerine and sunrise’s stage, my favorite parts, but the whole thing just works so nicely. Hope to “see” you in March!

  10. Complimentary opposites:
    Cerulean blue
    to push the tangerine
    from the spectrum
    down to sunrise’s stage.

    Jeanne Poland

    1. I just love this poem, Jeanne. Cerulean blue and tangerine and sunrise’s stage, my favorite parts, but the whole thing just works so nicely. Hope to “see” you in March!

  11. TOO MUCH GUSTO

    A toast- a clink.
    What do you think??
    A crack, a splash!
    Towel needed dash.

    Laura, loved the last line in your poem. Actually, our western sky last night had that drink- beautiful sunset.

    1. Such nice rhyme, a fun poem and just glad it wasn’t me!!!! And to think this came from that pic. I am continually impressed by the wide array of creative paths we all take.

  12. TOO MUCH GUSTO

    A toast- a clink.
    What do you think??
    A crack, a splash!
    Towel needed dash.

    Laura, loved the last line in your poem. Actually, our western sky last night had that drink- beautiful sunset.

    1. Such nice rhyme, a fun poem and just glad it wasn’t me!!!! And to think this came from that pic. I am continually impressed by the wide array of creative paths we all take.

  13. On days like today,
    When everything?s gray,
    It?s hard to convey
    The importance of orange.

    1. What a great and unexpected last line. Especially with the whole thing about no words rhyming with orange–this made me laugh, and it’s true!

    2. I don’t wear orange well, but I love your poem with the suprise of orange at the end. Here near Syracuse, orange is a fashion statement in the sports-loving world and the greyness. I know many who would LOVE this poem on multiple levels because we are also covered in grey clouds for much of the year; we APPRECIATE color and the sun. (Having grown up elsewhere I was used to sunshine on a daily basis!!!) Your poem has a ready audience in CNY!!

  14. On days like today,
    When everything?s gray,
    It?s hard to convey
    The importance of orange.

    1. What a great and unexpected last line. Especially with the whole thing about no words rhyming with orange–this made me laugh, and it’s true!

    2. I don’t wear orange well, but I love your poem with the suprise of orange at the end. Here near Syracuse, orange is a fashion statement in the sports-loving world and the greyness. I know many who would LOVE this poem on multiple levels because we are also covered in grey clouds for much of the year; we APPRECIATE color and the sun. (Having grown up elsewhere I was used to sunshine on a daily basis!!!) Your poem has a ready audience in CNY!!

  15. I love your poem, Laura! I can see it!

    Neon Happiness

    Happiness?
    bright and glowing,
    flashing…
    flooding
    space
    with laughs and giggles.

    ~Penny Klostermann

  16. I love your poem, Laura! I can see it!

    Neon Happiness

    Happiness?
    bright and glowing,
    flashing…
    flooding
    space
    with laughs and giggles.

    ~Penny Klostermann

  17. What a beautiful poem, Laura!

    I don’t see too many sunrises (I’m not an early morning person), so I thought of a sunset instead.

    Vibrant
    scoops of sherbet
    melt and
    slide down the sky,
    puddling
    on the horizon.

    1. I love the image you’ve created here! Fun poem! I love lines 2 and 4 especially. Great job!!!!!

    2. Thanks, Janelle. Oh, this is one of my favorites of all of yours. Melted sherbet is a great description, and puddling is perfect. This poem is delicious:>)

    3. Like Janelle, I am a total night person but oh those rare sunrises overwhelm me in their beauty. I wish I could see them every day. I absolutely relate to the images in your sunset– and truth be told, aren’t they equally astonishing and marvelous to see? And yes, I see it here in your poem. Melt, slide, puddling.. wow, such perfect descriptive terms.

  18. What a beautiful poem, Laura!

    I don’t see too many sunrises (I’m not an early morning person), so I thought of a sunset instead.

    Vibrant
    scoops of sherbet
    melt and
    slide down the sky,
    puddling
    on the horizon.

    1. I love the image you’ve created here! Fun poem! I love lines 2 and 4 especially. Great job!!!!!

    2. Thanks, Janelle. Oh, this is one of my favorites of all of yours. Melted sherbet is a great description, and puddling is perfect. This poem is delicious:>)

    3. Like Janelle, I am a total night person but oh those rare sunrises overwhelm me in their beauty. I wish I could see them every day. I absolutely relate to the images in your sunset– and truth be told, aren’t they equally astonishing and marvelous to see? And yes, I see it here in your poem. Melt, slide, puddling.. wow, such perfect descriptive terms.

  19. Lollipop Reflections

    Swirls of golden
    red-drop rainbows,
    kaleidoscope-deliciousness
    maple syrup,
    ribbon-candy
    lost in childhood,
    found in dreams.

    1. Oooooh, I love this image! Great wording- I love the way you added that tinge of wistfulness to the lovely descriptions. Lines 2 and 3 are my favorites.

    2. I love all the tastes and textures here, Janet. Especially red-drop rainbows, for some reason, even though I don’t know exactly what it means. It’s just so whimsical and fun. And then the ribbon candy, too. So evocative of childhood, and so vivid!

        1. Thank you, Janelle. I always gazed longingly at those giant lollipops but never got one.….not that I really wanted it, but the idea of it!!

  20. Lollipop Reflections

    Swirls of golden
    red-drop rainbows,
    kaleidoscope-deliciousness
    maple syrup,
    ribbon-candy
    lost in childhood,
    found in dreams.

    1. Oooooh, I love this image! Great wording- I love the way you added that tinge of wistfulness to the lovely descriptions. Lines 2 and 3 are my favorites.

    2. I love all the tastes and textures here, Janet. Especially red-drop rainbows, for some reason, even though I don’t know exactly what it means. It’s just so whimsical and fun. And then the ribbon candy, too. So evocative of childhood, and so vivid!

        1. Thank you, Janelle. I always gazed longingly at those giant lollipops but never got one.….not that I really wanted it, but the idea of it!!

    1. Oh, this is so cool! Don’t you think this should be painted on the walls in art schools? Besides the alliteration, I also love the rhythm and how there are several pairs separated by a comma, but then the last phrase, symbolism/into/song comes together in a collaboration rather than a juxtaposition–so skilled!

    1. Oh, this is so cool! Don’t you think this should be painted on the walls in art schools? Besides the alliteration, I also love the rhythm and how there are several pairs separated by a comma, but then the last phrase, symbolism/into/song comes together in a collaboration rather than a juxtaposition–so skilled!

  21. Laura: your words evoke so much emotion. Here’s a story in 15 words. I know your heroine. She is ambitious, determined, and creates beauty from nature, served up in a poem.
    She is you. {}

    1. Pamela,
      I really love what you did with the poem and then your story about “our” heroine. Also I have enjoyed your lovely comments on all the other poems this morning. Thank you.

    2. What a beautiful thing to read at the end of an exhausting day! I think we are a whole community of heroines (with an occasional hero thrown in for good measure). Thank you:>)

  22. Laura: your words evoke so much emotion. Here’s a story in 15 words. I know your heroine. She is ambitious, determined, and creates beauty from nature, served up in a poem.
    She is you. {}

    1. Pamela,
      I really love what you did with the poem and then your story about “our” heroine. Also I have enjoyed your lovely comments on all the other poems this morning. Thank you.

    2. What a beautiful thing to read at the end of an exhausting day! I think we are a whole community of heroines (with an occasional hero thrown in for good measure). Thank you:>)

  23. Some terrific poems here, with great imagery. Here’s my attempt at something different:

    Summer shines
    radiant hues;
    Autumn, gone away.
    Captured, held
    for festive views
    any winter day.

    1. Matt, I love the idea that autumn’s beauty is captured and saved for relief during winter. At least, that’s how I’m reading it. Is that right? Summer is just there to set up the seasonal sequence? Nice word choices here–esp radiant, captured, and festive.

  24. Some terrific poems here, with great imagery. Here’s my attempt at something different:

    Summer shines
    radiant hues;
    Autumn, gone away.
    Captured, held
    for festive views
    any winter day.

    1. Matt, I love the idea that autumn’s beauty is captured and saved for relief during winter. At least, that’s how I’m reading it. Is that right? Summer is just there to set up the seasonal sequence? Nice word choices here–esp radiant, captured, and festive.

    1. Yes! Those rays slashing are why I have blackout curtains in the bedroom–they wake me up too early. Love the immediacy and sort-of violence of this!

    1. Yes! Those rays slashing are why I have blackout curtains in the bedroom–they wake me up too early. Love the immediacy and sort-of violence of this!

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