Gloves in the Snow [15 Words or Less]

Hello, and welcome to the final 15 Words or Less Poems of the year! This is a low-pressure way to wake up your poetry brain (guidelines here), and I’m very glad you’re here. 

Gloves on Ground
Photo: Laura P. Salas

Walking to the mailbox with Jack is always an adventure. Trying to corral him while unlocking the mailbox with a tiny key that I have on a lanyard around my neck, and then trying to gather up all the mail, in the dark, while Jack winds himself around and around the pipe that’s the base of the mailbox stand–all while standing in the road–is a little stressful. A couple of weeks ago, I was looking for my gloves because it was frigid out. Couldn’t find them anywhere, and I knew I had them earlier in the night. Remembered I wore them to check the mail and hustled back to the mailboxes a couple blocks away. Sure enough, there were my gloves, sitting in the snow. Whew! (It wouldn’t have been the first pair of nice leather gloves I’ve lost :>/  ) They looked so stark there in the snow. 

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. displaced people trying to escape across water
  2. Zeus — do you see the lightning bolt on one glove?
  3. wonder if gods ever get chilly

And here’s my first draft. 

When the Ominous Music Begins

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







39 Responses

  1. You take me back to a time I found my gloves in the snow…they were just a pair of cotton gloves that were my grandmother’s. I didn’t inherit anything from her. But, a few of her possessions were offered from the house. Those gloves reminded me of her.…and I lost them in the snow.…but then found them days later. Phew!

    Oh, that ominous music! Nice touch.…because we can all hear it. Can’t we? I like that.

    My take:

    To Catch a Wave

    Yield to
    the force
    freed from hands.
    Gloves off–
    a god’s salutation
    now your

    1. Linda, what interesting directions! I’m so glad you found the gloves, Linda. Happy New Year!

    Thunderous sky and angers cry!
    Thwarted escape…gloves lost
    A part will travel or die.

  3. Thanks for the inspiration, Laura! It’s always fun to play with words.


    Space is a place

    Of frozen, blue depths

    Where Hope is w‑a-i-t-i-n‑g

    To be held.

    1. Andria, I really like your poem. It is very inviting to me to climb inside this one looking for the size and shape of hope, making it tangible.

  4. Good morning. Thinking of all who are affected by the latest storm raging across the states. And winter, officially, is just beginning. So happy you found your gloves Laura. They look blue and forlorn, waiting to be found!

    The Magic in the Season

    Hands together
    gloved for warmth
    reciprocal love
    Captain Jack
    giving back!

  5. I went with a six word hay(na)ku today as I wrap my fingers around my warm coffee cup.

    so cold my
    fingers turning

  6. Gloves in the snow always look so lost and lonely. Usually there’s only one though…I love your ominous music and the movement in the photo prompt. Here’s my first draft:


    Two limp gloves
    in a torrent
    of snow
    electric-blue artifacts
    of a battle lost

    1. Love “electric blue artifacts.” Then on to the lost battle leaves me forlorn.

    2. Oooh. Boy, does this hint at a larger story! The strong/weak juxtapositions are terrific. Great point about how it’s usually only one. I have the terrible habit of putting my gloves on my lap when I need to dig out something from my purse or whatever. Then we arrive somewhere and I get up and out of the car, forgetting my gloves were on my lap. I’ve lost at least one other pair that way…maybe two :>(

  7. A goddess’s gloves
    dropped from above
    A young girl delights
    in her newfound treasure

    1. Ooh, this makes me think of every winter fairy tale I know. OK, there are not many of them, but I love the mood.

  8. I lost my favorite warm head band this morning. So I can relate.


    An empty feeling.
    My brain is reeling.
    But maybe- found
    by someone
    who needs them.

  9. Don’t drop your gloves today! Last night when we bundled up for our after-dinner dog walk, the temperature had already plunged to minus four.… without the dog, I would be hibernating!

    blue dusk spills on fields
    dried stalks wave fluffy snow gloves
    at the rising moon

    1. Fantastic imagery here, Buffy. Those fluffy snow gloves and rising moon…so evocative and lush.

  10. I love you pic today full of mystery

    poem By Jessica Bigi

    Winter Memories

    sugar frosted fields
    snowy fellows
    black rimed hats
    standing invisible
    all to remember
    bright red gloves
    puddles of green-scarf

  11. For me it’s been my warm plaid scarf, which I hadn’t lost once in 3 years and then lost twice in 3 days. I called one restaurant and the girl went and looked under the table where I sat—there was my scarf! I was surprisingly touched and happy to get it back. Also, –4 degrees? What?!? It’s about 30 here in Utah. Happy New Year, all, and stay warm!


    There’s something magical
    about hands,
    the way they twirl, dip,
    grasp, tremble, clasp.

    —Kate Coombs

    1. Glad you got your scarf back! Losing one always makes you appreciate it doubly, doesn’t it? The silver lining to loss, I guess. Love your verbs for hands, Kate, especially that you end with “clasp,” with holding on… Oh my gosh, reading this just made me say, “Wait a minute! Where’s Breathe and Be on my Poetry Friday post? Discovered I never rated it in Goodreads. So took care of that and added to my roundup. Whew.

  12. My immediate reaction to this photo was of a Salvador Dali painting, so surrealistic. I’m always amazed at what filtering does to photographs. Ominous music, and hungering for connection…just fabulous.

    Lost At Sea

    Silky, blue gloves
    Floated on frosted waves.
    The epitaph of a lady.

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