Jungle Tile [15 Words or Less Poems]

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving! I figure we have plenty of images of turkeys and cornucopias and all that other good holiday stuff, so I just go with whatever catches my fancy:>) I’m thankful, as ever, for this 15 Words or Less community. You’re an important part of it, whether you stop in every single week or only occasionally, as time permits. I love that we are both fluid but steady here! I hope you all have a joyful day, with delicious food and great family/friends time.

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Here’s a close-up of a cut-tile piece of art on the wall at a doctor’s office a few weeks ago.

This picture makes me think of:

  1. Zebras–I know the stripes do help them camouflage, but black and white do NOT seem to be key to blending in
  2. An alligator’s tail
  3. A high bridge over a wild river

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:>) If you leave a poem in the comments, and if it’s 15 words or less, I’ll try to respond!

29 Responses

  1. Sandglass Window

    octopus-soul lows

    I love the pic today and the line about the tail Hope you have A wonderful Thanks Giving

    1. Jessica, love the aquarium staging and applauding waves. A beautiful scenario.


    I was standing quietly
    when a fern reached out to me.
    Couldn’t help it- tee-hee-hee!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving! Lots to do, but there’s always room for Jello, hello and a poem! I saw a fern or an octopus tentacle playing the piano…

    Fern Elise

    Fern Elise
    Frondly played
    Favorite piece
    On ivories displayed;
    Playing ceases
    Croc releases -

    1. Oh my Donna. Delightful doesn’t begin to describe this, but it’s a beginning. Priceless!

    2. “Fern Elise” is such a clever play on words. And then salad with ballad. You are so creative.

  4. Door #3 — ha! Thank you, Laura, for the years of weekly inspiration. I have learned so much from your site, not the least of which is not to be afraid to experiment with words.

    Food, Fun, Family and Friends

    Victorious jungle animals
    nap with full bellies.
    So too Americans -
    thankful today.

    1. Well put Ellie. I have a feeling I’ll break my resolution to not end up with a full belly!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving Laura and all 15 WOL participants. What a fun way to begin this special holiday. I am thankful for you and your many followers who make all Thursdays special.


    Fern frond
    shark’s teeth
    afloat against
    azure blue
    buoyancy, gentleness
    ingredients for
    this day.

  6. Thanks to you all for being such a warm and creative community, and especially to our gracious host, Laura!

    Green ladder
    touches tree, climbing
    the sky to the sun.

    —Kate Coombs

  7. Jungle greens lace and twine,
    a maze of shade
    grasping for light.

    Thanks to all for the Thursday morning camaraderie, and especially to Laura for the weekly inspiration!

    (and now I see that Kate and I were heading in the same direction. Last night I was revising a rain forest piece, so leaves were on my mind!)

  8. The mosaic of life
    Full of uncertainty
    Entwined with uniqueness
    To capture life’s beauty

    Anne Mckenna

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