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. I am also so grateful for all your support as I announced the hiatus of 15 Words or Less. I hate announcing when I’m going to be ending something. It’s much more fun to announce beginnings! Please do remember that if you’re a teacher using these images with students, or a poet using them for inspiration yourself (or both), you can find my 15 Words or Less posts going back years and years here.
While Christmas is a time of joy for many, I know the holidays are also extra hard when we’re grieving or going through tough times. So I decided to share a very silly image today. This is my husband, Randy. When we took my research trip on the fabulous Great Lakes freighter, the Paul R. Tregurtha, there was a safety drill. We were to take our immersion suits to our muster station when the alarm rang. Randy decided to go one better and try on the suit first. Yep. I didn’t filter this one because, well, it already seems surreal.
This image makes me think of several things:
- Gumby (of course)
- those horrible waving things (okay, I see they are called air dancers, skydancers, tube men, and more)
- a lobster
And here’s my first draft.
It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)