Key Lime…Pie? [15 Words or Less Poems]

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Key Lime "Pie" at Mission American Kitchen & Bar
Key Lime “Pie” at Mission American Kitchen & Bar–odd-looking but wow-delicious!  Photo: Laura P. Salas

Here’s the key lime pie I shared yesterday from a Lerner author dinner during NCTE. Looks a little odd, but oh my goodness, it was heaven.

This picture makes me think of:

  1. My frequent cooking disasters–which both look AND taste a little…weird
  2. Modern art
  3. A puddle of pie

And, here’s my first draft. I was grateful for the thesaurus, since I was a couple of words over the limit. Which is NOT allowed, people! So I replaced “and drink up the sky” with “just swallow the sky” and made a couple other tweaks to meet the 15-word restriction. Whew!



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!

49 Responses


    I dished it out
    and it went splat!
    Just one look-
    “I won’t eat that!”

    1. Meant to add, Laura, that I love your poem! That would be better than tasting snowflakes, any day!

  2. Love your poem today, Laura. One of my favorites. Here’s mine:

    Tastes the Same

    Wanted to cry.
    My beautiful pie
    a liquid lost cause.
    Swapped forks for straws.

    1. Thanks! Love the problem-solving in here:>) I definitely would’ve slurped that up like a milkshake if they’d have given me an even bigger serving…

  3. Love the line, “swallow the sky.”

    Toasted marshmallow
    on a dollop of pie?
    A taste of heaven
    for you to try.

  4. My absolute favorite pie in the whole world. And if you ever have the opportunity, try a slice of key lime cake. Loved your verse Laura. Yummy.

    Going with my first reaction, perfect fetus and top left a mother holding an infant. This adds an new dimension to “weird” Laura.


    Seed planted,
    fed, watered,
    Embryo evolves,
    leaves temporary shelter
    leaps into loving arms.

    1. Oh my gosh–thank you for making me look at this pic in a whole new way! And what a lovely poem. Will keep an eye out for key lime cake. The one I’ve seen was lime green!

      1. The one and only key lime cake I have had was one my family provided for a birthdays ending in a big 5! The layers were yellow but it was the key lime pie filling between the layers and for the icing which was covered in toasted almonds.

  5. Love it. Eat that awful mess?
    Never on your life.
    A spoonful, maybe. Oh yes, yes, yes.

  6. Interesting pie. I’ll take your word for it, Laura, it may have tasted good, but it doesn’t look like a pie. It reminds me of back when one of my granddaughters was sitting at the table crying because she didn’t want to eat one of my casseroles. So here’s my effort.

    Grandma’s Cooking

    I love your chicken,
    I love your rolls.
    But I don’t like
    your casseroles!

    1. Oh, Pat. I’m sorry, but this made me laugh out loud! I’m a somewhat picky eater still, but I was very picky as a kid. I can remember being forced to eat potato patties (horrible leftover mashed potatoes griddled into little pancakey things) before I could leave the table. I finally gagged and got sick:>/ Ah, childhood memories. Thanks for the laugh of your story, though. Hope you share it with your granddaughter!

  7. Loved “swallow the sky”!
    Sorry, but this just reminded me of my childhood days with our backyard chickens. Sometimes you had to look where you were stepping with those bare feet!

    Are You Loopy?

    Droopy, goop,
    Drooly soup!
    Have a scoop
    Of chicken poop!

    Really, though, I’d try this (not the chicken poop!) because I’ve made things that end up looking so horrible, yet were quite tasty.

    1. Thanks, Donna. Oh, gross! What a fun kid poem. Luckily, the “pie” was super delicious.

    1. Eeeeuuuw. I can see kids writing more verses. I love to eat my ____, as long as they/it do not ____. Fun way to play with rhyme:>)

  8. Sunday Mooring / Sunday Night

    momma-Sky frying
    skillet’s of Sunnyside up’s
    shouting ‑shouting
    church at nine
    I can’t what till five
    mamma-sky serving up
    slice’s of moon custard pie
    yummy — yummy ‑yum

    poem By Jessica Bigi I love your poem Laura
    I like the last 2 lines Sorry I went over today this was
    not an easy pic to wright to today

    1. Ha! Can just imagine in our family having one of us being “keylimed” while talking instead of eating! Love those family “inside jokes”!

  9. That looks… unusual for Key Lime Pie…

    We sing after supper
    in Florida’s key
    Cheers for citrus
    Forks up, if you please!

    1. Or spoons! It was ugly but delicious. A key lime underdog:) You’re so clever with your music wordplay.

  10. What a mess
    She says in jest
    Let’s take a look
    at all the rest

    Anne McKenna

  11. Is This How the Salem Witchcraft Trials Got its Start?
    ‑Pamela Ross


    Image of the devil
    in details!

    Cursed. Kill pies!

    From evil eyes

    1. Ooh, where are you seeing the devil? Is it on the left lobe of cream/meringue, with a long cloak and raised arms? I love the commanding tone you used!

  12. Making me laugh.
    I can only command in tone on paper.
    Tone in real life? I am the role model for The Wimpy Kid. ;>

    Look at the right side of the photo.
    There’s his face.
    Do you not see the orange circle for the devil’s eye?
    And then that wicked horn rising from the top right of his head?
    It’s the devil I tell ya.
    Hide your children.
    Lock the doors.
    Repent now.
    Write more poetry.
    Talk less. (That’s a Hamilton soundtrack joke. Forgive me.)

    The Devil Made me Do It. ;>

    1. I don’t see it! I feel so left out. Oh, well–surely you’re right and writing more poetry will cast that devil out:>)

  13. Hmmm. Wait. What does it say about ‑me- if I am the only one to see the devil?
    Am I the cursed one? ;>
    (Or, I’m sorry, The Versed One?)


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