Globe [15 Words or Less]

[Apologies! I don’t know why this didn’t publish on schedule!]

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. 

Globe Star Tribune
Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

That’s the globe that used to be on top of the old Minneapolis Star Tribune building decades ago. It’s now inside the building, and here’s our younger daughter pointing at the small island she’ll be moving to next month. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. How simultaneously huge and tiny our world is
  2. Jigsaw puzzles
  3. See ‘n’ Say (I don’t know why)

And here’s my first draft. I love geology and tectonic plates and how they move to form/change our land masses! It’s incredible!

tectonic puzzle


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






25 Responses

  1. For some reason the word CHANGE caught my eye.

    Can you see
    All the
    New students
    Greet our

    I think a shortened version of this is that the world reflects back to us the energy we send out.

    1. I so agree! Not that bad things don’t happen to good people, but generally we make the world with our attitude and actions every day. Thanks, Joy–I love acrostics!

  2. For whatever reason, the purple oceans made me think of monsters lurking.

    Down Deep

    Deep down monsters dwell
    In the murky purple gloom
    They sit there and wait

    1. As soon as you said that, I thought of the old maps: “Here there be monsters!” Love.

  3. sorry that it’s over a few words

    poem by Jessica Bigi

    imagine moms face
    most kids spin basketballs
    on the tips of there fingers
    I spin the world
    on mine

    1. Oh, what a lovely image. New meaning to “got the whole world in your hands.” Beautiful!


    A globe is better than a map.
    It’s round, not flat.
    No folding that!

    1. At a drum corps show re ently, one color guard used those spheres that kind of collapse in and then expand when thrown. So cool! There is something magical about a map, though…

  5. It makes me think of how we need to step back to get the whole picture sometimes, and then come back to earth and get to work.

    The Job

    Distance yourself,
    see closer
    the whole world;
    then draw nearer
    and roll up
    your sleeves.

    1. Donna, what a perfect description of revision (of writing or of the world!)

  6. You thought see ‘n say; I thought show ‘n tell. I also thought “pin the tail on the donkey.” Figure that! I’m happy you had your daughter with you for such a long visit. She seems excited about her new adventure.

    Round ‘n Round She Goes .…

    Big world
    small girl
    each seeking
    yet common.

    1. Yes! Love that. She is a roamer, but always tethered by family and purpose:)

  7. Sort of following Martha’s theme…

    The cord
    us unspools
    as magic
    red shoes
    carry you
    across our
    jigsaw world.


    Pressing finger onto
    spinning globe,
    it stops on where
    I want to be
    the sea.

    © Charles Waters 2017 all rights reserved.

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