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This is actually my hand under an outdoor table at some fast food restaurant. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. Barriers
  2. Obstacle courses–those mud runs and such look like fun!
  3. A hand throwing a fishing net

And here’s my first draft. I tried a metaphor of nets and what we try to catch, but I was unhappy with that one. So this is a first draft of a second poem, which I don’t usually do. It kind of captures the surreal thoughts that floated through my mind this morning (I’m creating this post on Thanksgiving day) at yoga. And it went rhyming today. Never know what to expect when I start these things:>) That’s the fun of poetry!

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

 

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25 Responses

  1. Mermaid’s Salutations

    Met a friend today
    Sailing the bay
    Looking for fish
    Instead got a wave

    1. Hehe–surprise! I love the two meanings of wave and how they play into this. Fun!

  2. Laura, I love “criss-cross thoughts” and I love the second line- and all the rhyming. I love your poem!

    CHANGES WILL COME

    She pushes against, resists-

    but with open hands,

    not fists.

    1. Thanks, Cindyb. This one flowed out, and I was happy with it:>) Oh, this is nice. Social commentary, rhyme, emotion…in TEN words. Wow.

    2. Cindy, love the open hand instead of a fist. With resistance there might also be room for compromise.

  3. I love the rhyme and images in your poem today, Laura. One of my favorites of yours.
    Sometimes making the to-do list feels like fitting life into little boxes of time.

    To-dos must fit
    between tock and tick.
    There is no time
    for getting sick.

    1. Thank you, Lauren. Oh, lord, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, in exhaustion, “Keep going, Laura. No time for sick days as a freelance writer.” I love lists and goals and checking things off (was just reviewing my 2016 goals/dreams yesterday), but it also gets to be too much sometimes. Can you tell your poem resonated with me?

  4. Lovely poem Laura. The rhyming is perfect. One of your “thoughts” prompted my verse.

    A Hollywood Remake

    Ralphie’s mom
    feels holiday accoutrements a bore
    red fishnet stockings
    add pizazz to her décor.

    1. Oh, this gave me such a laugh. Now I can’t get the “fra-zhee-lay” lamp from Christmas Story out of my head, either. Go, Ralphie’s mom!

      1. OMGoodness. What are the chances of that happening? Should I buy a lottery ticket? Thanks for sharing.

  5. I loved your rhyming scheme and rhythm with this one.
    To me, this seemed a sad image at first. Maybe it was because I’d recently seen “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and it reminded me of the barbed wire fence of the concentration camp. It also became the hand pressed against the window as a wife visits her husband in prison (more TV)…Then it reminded me of waving good-bye when grandchildren leave… Such a simple image but it has lots of “stuff” in it to me.

    Always

    There is nothing
    Between us
    My kiss
    On the breeze
    Is always there
    To catch

    Donna JT Smith

    1. And then there was my daughter’s wedding… I told her she HAD to wear stockings that day. So what did she pick? Red fishnet, of course. She respected my wishes… sort of.

      Stockings you say
      On MY special day?
      Okay…
      Bride’s pride -
      Red fishnet!
      Olé!

      1. I love both of your poems Donna. “My kiss on the breeze” and “Ole” speak volumes.

      2. Hahahaha–oh, how I love this. My daughter and your daughter are soul sisters, I think. Love that Ole at the end–perfecto!

    2. Wow–this is gorgeous, Donna. Like the photo, your poem calls to mind so many different relationships, and those first two lines…just killer. I have read several WWII novels lately, so the Holocaust and Russian genocides of Lithuanians and Latvians have been much on my mind. Especially with so many hate crimes lately. Thank you for this wisp of love and safety in your poem today.

  6. Laura, I love your apricot suns! And the way everyone is connecting the image to things like that crazy lamp and wedding stockings. My poem is a little dark, reflecting sad thoughts about Aleppo and recent hate crimes in our country.

    Bars of war,
    fragile skin—
    are we keeping you out?
    Are you letting us in?

    —Kate Coombs

    1. I love so much seeing everyone’s take. The best weeks are the ones where we have a really diverse group of offerings. This is lovely, Kate. The juxtaposition of bars vs skin and in vs out…heartbreaking in its simplicity.

  7. That disembodied hand is a little freaky! Love your dreamcatcher this morning.

    Skyscraper View

    Palms
    press
    against
    glass
    and
    steel,
    floor
    sways
    as we
    wobble,
    squeal

    1. I agree–it IS a little ominous. Love this take on the way skyscrapers sway (which is what I find a little freaky, too).

  8. Holladay Magic

    Green and red
    ribbons of sugary
    candies decorating
    ginger bread villages

    1. Oh, I love ribbon candy. Not to eat, but it’s so beautiful. Lovely little scene…

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