Leaping Hare [15 words or less poems]

Hare at Walker Art Center
Photo: Laura Purdie Salas

 

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

15WOLs

I took this pic at the Walker Art Center’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden on my birthday. It’s been years since I’ve been there! This image makes me think of:

1) a classic “Once upon a time” story
2) rabbits that do agility courses
3) the way whiskers help animals judge distances

And here’s my?first draft. I had in mind a hare in a formal English garden that’s getting chased off by something… The gardener? A predator?

Escape

brush of yew hedge
under my belly
then?
just the scent of
roses downwind

–Laura Purdie Salas, all rights reserved

 

Now it’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS!??(Title doesn’t count toward word count:>)?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

168 Responses

  1. I leap
    Long legs go far
    Speeding over hills
    To get to where you are

    Cute little rabbit! Can’t believe it’s already November? brrr!

    1. I love the building line length and sense of urgency–like the rabbit is leaping farther and farther with every bound.

    2. I see you also noticed those long legs and how they can leap.
      I like that you hinted at his destination.

  2. I leap
    Long legs go far
    Speeding over hills
    To get to where you are

    Cute little rabbit! Can’t believe it’s already November? brrr!

    1. I love the building line length and sense of urgency–like the rabbit is leaping farther and farther with every bound.

    2. I see you also noticed those long legs and how they can leap.
      I like that you hinted at his destination.

  3. Jackrabbit be nimble,
    Jackrabbit be quick,
    jackrabbit jump over
    that brown stuff ‑ew, ick!

  4. Jackrabbit be nimble,
    Jackrabbit be quick,
    jackrabbit jump over
    that brown stuff ‑ew, ick!

  5. Wonderland

    seesaw teeters earth
    brass rabbit
    jumping over moon
    merry-go-round
    circus tricks
    brass man swimming
    under sun

    Poem By Jessica
    sorry I’m 2 words over

    the pic is very interesting today Laura I like you first 2 lines
    I wasn’t shore what to write today

    1. I love the image of the brass rabbit jumping over the moon. Those first three lines feel complete to me (except if that were the case, “jumps” would work better than “jumping,” I think). I didn’t quite get the connection of the other things, though, together, they do build a surreal mood, and maybe that was really what you were going for! (PS — About half the time I look at my pic and have no idea what to write!)

      1. I was short of going for images but I like your thought So I rewrote just that part

      1. That phrase is quite poetic, Jessica.
        I like that brass rabbit jumping over the moon.

  6. Wonderland

    seesaw teeters earth
    brass rabbit
    jumping over moon
    merry-go-round
    circus tricks
    brass man swimming
    under sun

    Poem By Jessica
    sorry I’m 2 words over

    the pic is very interesting today Laura I like you first 2 lines
    I wasn’t shore what to write today

    1. I love the image of the brass rabbit jumping over the moon. Those first three lines feel complete to me (except if that were the case, “jumps” would work better than “jumping,” I think). I didn’t quite get the connection of the other things, though, together, they do build a surreal mood, and maybe that was really what you were going for! (PS — About half the time I look at my pic and have no idea what to write!)

      1. I was short of going for images but I like your thought So I rewrote just that part

      1. That phrase is quite poetic, Jessica.
        I like that brass rabbit jumping over the moon.

  7. Boundless
    I touch the sky,
    The heavens nigh!
    Yet always must I
    Fall

    I love “the scent of roses downwind,” great poem!

  8. Boundless
    I touch the sky,
    The heavens nigh!
    Yet always must I
    Fall

    I love “the scent of roses downwind,” great poem!

  9. I was struck by how skinny that hare looks and what long legs he has.
    You sure have a knack for finding the unusual, Laura. (and good photography, too.)

    That rabbit
    has a habit
    of leaping here,
    leaping there.
    His long legs
    leap everywhere.

      1. I am trying to remember the nursery rhyme that had this rhythm.
        –here, –there, —-everywhere. But it escapes me.

      1. That’s it!! Thanks, Martha. I could hear that in my head but could not remember which, rhyme, story, song I originally heard it in.

    1. Heehee. I like this, Pat! Love the rabbit/habit. And thanks–wish my phone could take better pics inside. I love nature and outdoor pics, but I’d like to mix it up more, too…

  10. I was struck by how skinny that hare looks and what long legs he has.
    You sure have a knack for finding the unusual, Laura. (and good photography, too.)

    That rabbit
    has a habit
    of leaping here,
    leaping there.
    His long legs
    leap everywhere.

      1. I am trying to remember the nursery rhyme that had this rhythm.
        –here, –there, —-everywhere. But it escapes me.

      1. That’s it!! Thanks, Martha. I could hear that in my head but could not remember which, rhyme, story, song I originally heard it in.

    1. Heehee. I like this, Pat! Love the rabbit/habit. And thanks–wish my phone could take better pics inside. I love nature and outdoor pics, but I’d like to mix it up more, too…

  11. It’s Never Enough

    I’m lithe
    and lofty
    elegant
    and tall.
    why the humiliation
    of a stability ball?

    Laura, the picture is quite charming; makes me think ballet. If you look at the back feet long enough you can see toe shoes.

    1. Stability ball! Ha! I love it! Now I know what that brown thing is.
      Great imagination, Martha.

    2. True! I was struck by how human the legs looked, especially in person. Love this funny take! We DO put ourselves through a lot, don’t we? (I personally hate bosu thingies. My balance stinks.)

  12. It’s Never Enough

    I’m lithe
    and lofty
    elegant
    and tall.
    why the humiliation
    of a stability ball?

    Laura, the picture is quite charming; makes me think ballet. If you look at the back feet long enough you can see toe shoes.

    1. Stability ball! Ha! I love it! Now I know what that brown thing is.
      Great imagination, Martha.

    2. True! I was struck by how human the legs looked, especially in person. Love this funny take! We DO put ourselves through a lot, don’t we? (I personally hate bosu thingies. My balance stinks.)

  13. Laura, I love that you put the garden in with that line “scent of roses”. You packed so much into your brief words.

    Memories

    Old now,
    slow now,
    but once,
    I leaped
    with my brothers
    in grassy fields.
    Linda Baie ? All Rights Reserved

    1. Oh, I like your take on the picture. That’s why the hare is so thin.
      He’s old and frail and slowing down.

    2. Nice Linda, hopefully we can all thrive beautifully on memories of younger years.

  14. Laura, I love that you put the garden in with that line “scent of roses”. You packed so much into your brief words.

    Memories

    Old now,
    slow now,
    but once,
    I leaped
    with my brothers
    in grassy fields.
    Linda Baie ? All Rights Reserved

    1. Oh, I like your take on the picture. That’s why the hare is so thin.
      He’s old and frail and slowing down.

    2. Nice Linda, hopefully we can all thrive beautifully on memories of younger years.

  15. 2014

    They may be sleek
    and nimble, but
    old Mr. McGregor,
    still holds the rake.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. And he chases them out of his garden. I remember that story well.
      Good connection.

    2. Ahhhh! Beatrix. What would we do without her? I’m glad you thought of that aspect.

  16. 2014

    They may be sleek
    and nimble, but
    old Mr. McGregor,
    still holds the rake.

    Diane Mayr, all rights reserved

    1. And he chases them out of his garden. I remember that story well.
      Good connection.

    2. Ahhhh! Beatrix. What would we do without her? I’m glad you thought of that aspect.

    1. Kate, you have just described one of my recurring dreams (nightmares). Poor bunny!

    2. I think it’s fine the way it is. This could definitely be a weather vane. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s the sign of a really good verse when the reader personally identifies with it. The bunny is not lost at all; he knows where he is at all times. 😉

        1. Oh, I knew that was what YOU meant–I was just joining in on your joke, that’s all:>) You didn’t get sidetracked at all.

    1. Kate, you have just described one of my recurring dreams (nightmares). Poor bunny!

    2. I think it’s fine the way it is. This could definitely be a weather vane. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It’s the sign of a really good verse when the reader personally identifies with it. The bunny is not lost at all; he knows where he is at all times. 😉

        1. Oh, I knew that was what YOU meant–I was just joining in on your joke, that’s all:>) You didn’t get sidetracked at all.

  17. Wonderful photo, Laura! And I love the contrast of the feel of hedges and the scent of roses–which inspired mine:

    Indecision

    I’m a rabbit frozen
    mid-leap–
    hurdle to snug
    thickets
    or plunge headlong
    through rolling
    meadows?

  18. Wonderful photo, Laura! And I love the contrast of the feel of hedges and the scent of roses–which inspired mine:

    Indecision

    I’m a rabbit frozen
    mid-leap–
    hurdle to snug
    thickets
    or plunge headlong
    through rolling
    meadows?

  19. Hiding in shrubbery
    Hunter calls to me,
    “I’m hunting wabbits!
    But I don’t see any!”

    Looks like Elmer Fudd hiding in hedges to me!

    1. Ha! This makes me think of how I used to hide in the shrubs by our house and spy on my big sisters:>)

  20. Hiding in shrubbery
    Hunter calls to me,
    “I’m hunting wabbits!
    But I don’t see any!”

    Looks like Elmer Fudd hiding in hedges to me!

    1. Ha! This makes me think of how I used to hide in the shrubs by our house and spy on my big sisters:>)

  21. LEAP OF FAITH

    arc of the dive
    long and lithe
    over fields of green
    graceful, silent, serene.

    Ellen Vojnovic

  22. LEAP OF FAITH

    arc of the dive
    long and lithe
    over fields of green
    graceful, silent, serene.

    Ellen Vojnovic

    1. Love the use of surges here, Charles. That rabbit looks so fluid, so the verb feels perfect!

    1. Love the use of surges here, Charles. That rabbit looks so fluid, so the verb feels perfect!

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